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Strauss & Co Specialists on the Road

  31 May 2016     Archived

Specialists from Strauss & Co will be visiting East London, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Hermanus in June to conduct obligation-free valuations of paintings, sculpture, silver, and Chinese porcelain.

Strauss & Co, South Africa's premier auction house, is currently sourcing consignments of art and antiques ahead of their October auction in Cape Town. Strauss & Co is the global market leader for South African art. They have sold nine of the ten most expensive paintings ever sold at auction in South Africa and hold records for numerous South African artists. Last year Strauss & Co set 21 new artist records and boasts a sell-through rate, by lot and value combined, of over 80% the highest in the market. Strauss & Co also holds records for Cape and English silver and Cape and Continental furniture.

Strauss & Co experts travel the country regularly sourcing top quality art and antiques for inclusion in their prestigious auctions held in Cape Town and Johannesburg. There is great excitement when they discover rare and interesting pieces destined to achieve unexpectedly high prices at auction.

Fabulous finds by experts on the move include:

  • Vladimir Tretichoff's Sunflowers found in Petermaritzburg in February of this year sold for R1 705 200 at the recent Strauss & Co Johannesburg Auction on 23 May 2016.
  • Anton van Wouw's Bad News sold in 2010 for R2.2 million, setting a world record for the artist which was only broken in 2015 by Strauss & Co when Miner With Hand Drill sold for R4.8 million.
  • Penny Siopis' Cake Tapers was discovered in Natal and sold in June 2014 for R280 000.


Strauss & Co specialists are highly respected for their expertise, professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the market, which allows them to give accurate, market-related estimates. Senior Furniture and Decorative Arts Specialist, Vanessa Phillips, and Art Specialists, Kirsty Colledge and Alex Richards, will be providing valuations of paintings, sculpture, silver, and Chinese porcelain. The cost is R20 per item, limited to a maximum of 5 items per person. The proceeds raised during the valuation days will be donated to the various local institutions and initiatives involved.

Vanessa Phillips is the joint Managing Director of Strauss & Co specialising in decorative arts, furniture, silver and porcelain. She has worked in this field for three decades alongside her former colleague and friend the late Stephan Welz.

Kirsty Colledge is a specialist in South African paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, majoring in painting, from Michaelis School of Fine Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Management from the University of Cape Town in 2009. She has worked in the Paintings Department at Strauss & Co, Cape Town, since 2011.

Alexander Richards is also a specialist in South African paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts degree at Wits University and was the winner of the prestigious Martienssen Prize for artistic excellence, as well as the Anya Millman scholarship for overseas travel. He joined Strauss & Co in 2014 and has readily embraced the auction world.

Take advantage of Strauss & Co's experts being in town, you never know what surprises may be in store.

Date and Time Place Contact for appointment Beneficiary

Monday 6 June 2016
9am - 3pm

East London
Ann Bryant Art Gallery

9 St Mark Rd, East London

Leon du Preez

043 722 4044

Friends of the Ann Bryant Art Gallery

Tuesday 7 June 2016
9am - 3pm

The Observatory Museum

Bathurst Street, Grahamstown

Amy van Wezel

046 622 2312

Friends of the Albany Museum

Wednesday 8 June 2016
9am - 3pm

Port Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

1 Park Dr, Port Elizabeth

Roxanne Bowers

041 506 2000

Friends of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Thursday 9 June 2016
9am - 3pm

The Knysna Library

Main Street, Memorial Square, Knysna

Strauss & Co

021 683 6560

Friends of the Knysna Library

Friday 10 June 2016
9am - 3pm

Bukkenburg Pottery

8 Hermanus Steyn Street, Swellendam

Strauss & Co

021 683 6560

Swellendam SPCA

Tuesday 14 June 2016
10am - 4pm

The Marine Hotel

Marine Drive, Hermanus

Michelle van Zyl

082 5653 627

Camphill School Hermanus

Bina Genovese
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