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Strauss & Co Showcases South African Design: Bridging Past and Present

In celebration of South Africa's rich artisanal heritage, Strauss & Co proudly presents South African Design, Past & Present collection.

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By Catherine Mo | June 14, 2024 | Design

In a celebration of South Africa's rich artisanal heritage, Strauss & Co proudly presents "South African Design, Past & Present." This exquisite showcase curated by experts features a diverse array of furniture, metal ware, and ceramic art, seamlessly blending historical influences with contemporary design practices.

The carefully selected pieces not only offer a glimpse into South Africa's creative expression but also serve as tangible evidence of the country's innovative and diverse artisanal excellence. Each item is imbued with a deep understanding of social, cultural, and environmental influences, reflecting the nation's rich tapestry of traditions.

Premise Bench 2 (Lot 32) R270 000 – R290 000

Among the highlights are hand-crafted furniture pieces that evoke stories of craftsmanship and tradition. From the timeless elegance of the beefwood armoire to the intricate laser-cut designs of Gregor Jenkin's Kaapentry dining table, each piece encapsulates a unique narrative that transcends time.

Gate-leg (Lot 1) R 70 000 - R90 000

Wiid Design takes center stage with its collaborative benches, showcasing the fusion of artistry and functionality. Notable collaborations include the Curiosity Bench 5 with Anthony Harris and the Premise Bench 2 with Lionel Smit, which feature stunning hand-drawn motifs and painted figures, respectively.

Thembi Nala (Lot 55) R3500 – R5 000

An intriguing addition to the collection is a set of ironwood benches, crafted from reclaimed beams dating back centuries. These benches, each three meters long, offer a glimpse into the history of the Cape and pay homage to the region's rich heritage.

Curiosity Bench 5 (Lot 31) R150 000 – 170 000

The ceramic art selection is equally captivating, featuring works by renowned artists such as Hannah Massey and Thembi Nala. From Massey's whimsical forms to Nala's balanced vessels, each piece captures the essence of South African tradition while offering a contemporary twist.

Beefwood armoire (Lot 3) R150 000 – R180 000

A highlight of the sale is the Chinese Export famille-rose Armorial dish from the Qing Dynasty, commissioned for the Cape market. This rare artefact, adorned with the coat of arms of Cornelis van Aerssen Beyeren, provides a fascinating glimpse into the region's colonial history.

Hannah Massey Blue Cigar (Lot 69) R7 000 – R9 000

"South African Design, Past & Present" invites viewers to explore the country's cultural landscape through the lens of art and design. Running from June 7 to 26, this auction coincides with the Hermanus FynArts Festival 2024, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in a vibrant celebration of creativity.

Castle of Good Hope Bench 1 (Lot 30) R190 000 – R210 000

In conjunction with the festival, Strauss & Co will also host its Spotlight art sale, "Art Rooted in Nature," showcasing works inspired by the natural world. Together, these events aim to enrich the cultural experience of attendees and celebrate the enduring legacy of South African craftsmanship.

Meelkist (Lot 14) R14 000 - R16 000
Lucie de Moyencourt (Lot 66) R8 000 – R10 000
Hannah Massey HAN Sculptural H Vessel II (Lot 71) R3 000 – R4 000
Botterbak (Lot 16) R5 000 – R7 000