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Rediscovered: Two Important missing works lead Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg auction

 Alexis Preller – Fleur du Mal


Two newly rediscovered works  – a Sydney Kumalo bronze from the scultor’s golden period and Alexis Preller’s transformative study of a wounded soldier – are among the stand-out lots on Strauss & Co’s forthcoming Johannesburg live auction, due to be held at the Wanderers Club on 13 November 2017.

The 391-lot sale also includes important pieces by Gerard Sekoto, Irma Stern, William Kentridge, JH Pierneef and Karel Nel. The summer sale, Strauss & Co’s live auction of 2017, also includes works from the Barloworld Collection, notable two significant pieces by Adolph Jentsch and Maud Sumner.  

Sydney Kumalo’s Madala VI( estimate R700 000 – R900 000) is a large and very rare example from this acclaimed sculptor’s important Madala series. In 1966, Kumalo began work on a series of sculptures with the old man as his theme. He produced eight distinctive figures and only cast a single edition of Madala VI, which the present owner acquired from art dealer Egon Guenther in 1967.

Great anticipation surrounds Alexis Preller’s Fleurs Du Mal (estimate R4-6million) – one of three important Preller lots on offer. First exhibited in 1946, two years after it was painted, this iconic work was thought to have been lost in a fire.

Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg summer sale at the Wanderers Club is preceded by an extensive calendar of social events, they include:

A highlights preview at the Pretoria Country Club          –  30 October

Preview exhibition at the Wanderer’s Club                       – 10,11,12 November

Expert walkabouts at Wanderer’s Club                              –  11 & 12 November


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