Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) 'The Skapu Player' 31.5cm (12 3/8in) high.
Lot 2
Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) 'The Skapu Player' 31.5cm (12 3/8in) high.
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 83,858) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945)
'The Skapu Player'
inscribed, signed and dated 'Joh.burg / A van Wouw / 1907. Sculps' (to base)
bronze
31.5cm (12 3/8in) high.

Footnotes

  • LITERATURE:
    A.E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), another edition illustrated pp. 59-60


    The Skapu Player was first exhibited in van Wouw's Johannesburg exhibition in 1908. The work "shows a young African man sitting cross-legged on a rock, playing his 'sekgapa' with a fiddlestick, while he absent-mindedly listens to his monotonous tune. His upper body is naked; he is only wearing wide trousers and is barefoot. The contrast between the sheen of the skin of the nude upper part of the body and the coarse texture of the flap trousers is heightened by the ingenious use of light and dark brown patinas."

    The present lot demonstrates very fine modelling, particularly evident in the fiddlestick in the figure's right hand, the way the long bow of the skapu is finely fixed to the calabash, and the detailing in the knot securing the trousers, all typical of the Roman castings of The Skapu Player.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    A. E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), pp. 59-60
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673
Similar items