27th June 2017

Select Auction June 2017

  • Session 1 - 10:00
  • Session 2 - 14:00

With winter finally arriving at the Cape, Omni’s monthly select auction will be the hottest event in town, with hundreds of diverse lots of collectables, jewellery, silver, art and furniture, all catalogued on their web site and curated in their rooms. The auction promises to be a wonderful experience with a diverse array of items, deriving from a Bishopscourt mansion, as well as two Sea Point Beachfront apartments and numerous others.

Setting the scene, picture yourself sitting on one of a pair of exceptionally good quality vintage leather chesterfield button back sofas, while reading a collectable book from the rare books on offer, many derived from the collection of gallerist and art dealer Johans Borman. And why not dress the fireplace with a Victorian brass fire fender, while having a robust glass of wine in a delicate antique glass. There is even an antique wheelbarrow to bring in the firewood, while the kids play on their Edwardian Rocking Horse.

It’s a quirky sale filled with frivolity, but also serious collectables. There are over 150 lots of furniture, from the 17th Century through to the contemporary. The catalogue is filled to the brim with coffers, chests, bookcases and desks, there are sofas and dining tables of all shapes and sizes, massive cupboards and small side tables, carpets and chandeliers to brighten a room and unusual conversation pieces in the form of vintage bakers racks and specimen chests.

With in excess of 100 lots of paintings, the South African and International art section is a visual extravaganza. There are numerous well known and popular artists represented such as Robert Slingsby and Christo Coetzee, Andrew Verster and Sydney Goldblatt. However it is not just local. A highlight in the international section is a delightful Andre Mason as well as numerous other household names. Subject matters and styles are diverse. There is a significant single owner collection of ornithological paintings with great provenance and an important selection of contemporary prints.

Collectables abound, with many from a nostalgic bygone era. There is an abundance of crystal and cut glass in the form of drinking glasses, vases and dishes, dinner and tea services, with vintage linen to compliment. Of more serious collectability is the numerous South African ceramics on offer, from Lynnware to Hylton Nel and Clementina Vd Walt.

There is also a large selection of silverware, with a fine collection of Kiddush cups as a specific highlight There are tea sets and trays, trinkets and tazzas, an Aladdins cave of metalwares to suite all tastes and pockets. And last but by no means least, is the beautiful array of jewelry and watches, from the intricate to the flamboyant, in gold, platinum and silver, with diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

The auction will take place on the 27 June 10am and 2pm. Viewing opens on Friday 23rd until Monday 26th, 10am – 4pm.