A treasure trove of art – with masterpieces by Tretchikoff, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, William Kentridge and George Pemba (to name a few) – will go on auction on May 10 -11 alongside an exceptional selection of jewellery, English silver and furniture, continental and contemporary furniture, ceramics, glass, and covetable wines.

The two-day sale is Strauss & Co’s much-anticipated annual autumn auction, which will be conducted as a virtual auction and will begin on Sunday May 10 with a Bordeaux-themed sale of rare wines from South Africa and France, to be followed on Monday May 11 with the remainder of the exciting lots.

Monday’s auction begins with an extensive selection of jewellery, including a 1930’s Art Deco five-stone diamond ring, the central emerald-cut diamond weighing 2.86 carats. Furniture that will be on sale includes antique Cape, Italian and French pieces as well as Danish and Italian contemporary items. Other lots include silk carpets, Chinese and South African ceramics, carvings and sculptures – to list only a small selection.

In addition to the above, Strauss & Co will be auctioning a rare selection of Dutch East India Company (VOC) collectables. 

Strauss & Co has partnered with Invaluable.com, the world’s leading international platform for buying art, antiques and collectibles online, to offer this auction virtually. The change in format was necessitated by the current Covid-19 outbreak. The cutting-edge virtual sale will replicate a physical salesroom, with Strauss & Co’s auctioneers conducting the auction live, in isolation.

“Invaluable.com hosts hundreds of auctions and provides a fair, safe, public and accessible auction platform all year round,” says Strauss & Co chairperson Frank Kilbourn. “This partnership will expand our reach internationally, for the benefit of buyers and sellers alike.”

The contents of the upcoming virtual auction are live on the Strauss & Co website, www.straussart.co.za, or browse the 276 page catalogue here: https://shared.straussart.co.za/auctions/127/catalogue/. Prospective buyers can register online and it is possible to place bids now.

For more information call +27 (0)21 683 6560 or contact Bina Genovese at [email protected]; 083 680 9944 or Mia Borman at [email protected]; 084 685 1671.

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