Live Virtual Auction, 9 December 2021

Sold for

ZAR 250 360
Lot 13
  • William Kentridge; Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)
  • William Kentridge; Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)
  • William Kentridge; Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 250 360

About this Item

South African 1955-
Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)
signed and numbered 25/25 in red conté in the margin, further signed, dated 2019, and inscribed 'Left' in the print
digital print on Hahnemühle etching paper
image size: 102 by 146cm; sheet size: 111,5 by 153cm; 124,5 by 167 by 6cm including frame


An interest in optics and the construct of seeing informs William Kentridge’s experiments with stereoscopic vision, of which Table with Sparrow forms a part. Table with Sparrow translates the set of small photographic images inserted into a stereopticon, as seen in Kentridge’s earlier Double Vision (2007), into two largescale drawings forming a diptych and was subsequently made into an editioned work by the artist. 

A sense of contention and play is brought into the artist’s practice through the questioning of perception that Table with Sparrow proposes. It also harkens back to early experiments in binocular perception that found their way into the repertoire of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Kindly donated by the artist and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London.


Norval Foundation, Cape Town, William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate, Sculpture, 24 August 2019 to 27 July 2020.


Karel Nel and Owen Martin (2019) William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate, Sculpture, Cape Town: Norval Foundation, illustrated on pages 196 and 197.

Other lots that might interest you
Brett Murray; Until the Second Coming
Brett Murray
Until the Second Coming
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Maja Marx; Blush
Maja Marx
ZAR 36 000 - 50 000
Gerda Scheepers; Unlikely Conservative
Gerda Scheepers
Unlikely Conservative
ZAR 90 000 - 120 000
Kate Gottgens; Night Bathers
Kate Gottgens
Night Bathers
ZAR 90 000 - 120 000
Athi-Patra Ruga; Somagwaza; Qabane, two
Athi-Patra Ruga
Somagwaza; Qabane, two
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Zanele Muholi; Ngizwe I, Apt #2 Paragon Crescent, Windhoek, Namibia
Zanele Muholi
Ngizwe I, Apt #2 Paragon Crescent, Windhoek, Namibia
ZAR 250 000 - 350 000