Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009) Abstract, carved and incised panel, 74 x 101 cm
Lot 396*
Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009) Abstract head
£30,000 - 50,000
US$ 49,000 - 81,000

Lot Details
Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009)
Abstract head
incised 'C. SKOTNES' (upper right)
painting on incised panel
74 x 101cm (29 1/8 x 39 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired from Johans Borman, Cape Town in 2010 by the current owner


    In 1955, Skotnes began experimenting with wood engraving, a form which would develop into his unique painted wood panels. Esmé Berman refers to them as being part painting, part graphic and part sculpture (given their use of relief effects). The current lot reveals Skotnes' mastery of the technique in its "skillful interplay of line, mass and void [through which he is] able to produce an infinite variety of tones and textures which [lend] modulating colour to the dramatic contrasts of black and white".

    Heads are of primary importance in Skotnes' oeuvre, and Skotnes refers to the influence of Picasso, as well as the natural forms of the landscape, in their depiction. Frieda Harmsen, in her discussion of Skotnes' ongoing exploration of the aesthetic and affective qualities of the head, suggests that they gain increasing "psychological potency that reinforces their aesthetic formality... they come to reflect all the inherent qualities of the human race. They become visualisations of the archetypes."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    E. Berman, Painting in South Africa, (Pretoria, 1993), p.253
    F. Harmsen, Cecil Skotnes, (Cape Town, 1996), p.27
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.

Lot symbols
* Import low rate

VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.

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