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African art and artefacts
3 - 4 May 2004 Jhb

by Fred de Jager 14 April 2004

STEPHAN WELZ & CO.
In Association With
SOTHEBY'S


Stephan Welz & Co. had their second African Art, Artefacts, collectables and book auction in Johannesburg with the African Art on 4th of May 2004.

Morning Session 3 comprising 236 lots started off with beadwork ranging from dolls to beaded aprons from the Tsonga, Ndebele and Zulu. Various artifacts from Africa were followed by a fine selection of Zulu spoons, there were also Zulu and Swazi meat platters and a range of milk pails. After a collection of African drums an assortment of headrests concluded this session.

194 lots came under the hammer during the late afternoon session starting with figurines and progressing to a fine selection of Nguni staffs. This second session concluded with a collection of knives, spears and axes. 

Some of the highlights and hammer prices fetched:

Lot 743
Tsonga/Shangaan diviner's waistcoat and wrap
estimate R4 000-6 000
Hammer price : R 3 800 
Lot 750
Ndebele beaded bridal apron
estimate
R8 000-12 000
Hammer price : R 11 000 
 
   

Lot 846
Three Zulu spoons
estimate R 1 200-1 800
Hammer price : R 6 000 
 

Lot 890
Two Swazi meat platters
estimate R 2 400-2 800
NOT SOLD
  

    
Lot 905, 903 ,907
Zulu milk pails
estimates R 3 000-5 000, 1 500-2 000, 1000-1 500
Hammer price : R 2 800, 4 000, 2 200 
 
Lot 947, 948
Zulu headrests
estimates R 2 000-3 000, 2 000-4 000
Hammer price : R 1 800,  NOT SOLD
  
    
Lot 955
Swazi headrest
estimate R 5 000-7 000
NOT SOLD
  
Lot 957
Shona headrest
estimate R 4 000-6 000
Hammer price : R 18 000 
 
    
Lot 1024
South East African figure
estimate R 120 000-150 000
Hammer price : R 120 000 
 
Lot 1064
Colonial staff
estimate R 7 000-10 000
Hammer price : R 7 000 
 
    
Lot 1070, 1072
Zulu Officer's staff, Xhosa staff
 estimates R 8 000-12 000, R 8 000-12 000
Hammer price : R 7 500, 25 000 
 
Lot 1082, 1071, 1082
Ceremonial staff and stick, Zulu staff
estimates R 10 000-15 000, R 10 000-15 000
Hammer price : R 10 000, 17 000
 
    
Lot 1059
Colonial staff
estimate R 1 800-2 400
Hammer price : R 2 200 
 
Lot 1102
Two ceremonial clubs
estimate R 5 000-8 000
Hammer price : R 4 500 
 
    
Lot 1101
TwoNguni Knopkieries
estimate R 4 000-6 000
Hammer price : R 3 800 
 
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