'Two coffee pots' signed 'Freida Lock' (upper right); inscribed 'Two coffee pots 38' (verso) oil on canvas 51 x 41cm (20 1/16 x 16 1/8in). within original Zanzibar frame
PROVENANCE: Purchased by Mr. Theo Snitcher Thence by descent to the current owner
In the mid 1930s, on the advice of Gregoire Boonzaier, Freida Lock studied in London at Heatherley's School of Art and then at the Central School of Art. She returned to South Africa and became a founder of the 'New Group' in 1938. Gregoire Boonzaier said later:
"It is not presumptuous to state that virtually every prominent artist owes his or her position today largely to the 'New Group', and that younger artists owe a debt of gratitude to the members of that courageous group of artists who made art history in South Africa during these few years."
Lock, through her founding of the 'New Group' was very much at the centre of the artistic community in Cape Town, and her house at 71 Bree Street was used by Maurice van Essche as a school for life classes that attracted artists such as Lippy Lipschitz, Gregoire Boonzaier and Cecil Higgs.
A very similar work, Still life, sold in these rooms (23 May 2007, lot 49), depicts the same tablecloth, coffee pot and lemons, and is dated to 1947.