Lucas Tandokwazi Sithole (South African, 1931-1994) 'I'm Waiting' 31 x 9.5 x 9.5cm (12 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4in) including base.

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Lot 59*
Lucas Tandokwazi Sithole
(South African, 1931-1994)
'I'm Waiting' 31 x 9.5 x 9.5cm (12 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4in) including base.

Sold for £ 2,062 (US$ 2,843) inc. premium
Lucas Tandokwazi Sithole (South African, 1931-1994)
'I'm Waiting'
signed 'L.T.SITHOLE' (to base)
copper patinated Rhodesian teak on liquid steel base
31 x 9.5 x 9.5cm (12 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4in) including base.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Purchased by a private collector at Gallery 101, Johannesburg, in 1970.
    A private collection, Cedar Rapids, USA.
    A private collection, Le Mars, USA.


    Born to a Zulu priest and Swazi mother in 1931, Lucas Sithole spent his formative years in Kwa-Thema in the Transvaal. He studied for a year at the Polly Street Art Centre under the instruction of the well-known artist Cecil Skotnes, before establishing his own studio.

    Sithole's wooden figures draw on Skotnes's teachings, fusing elements of indigenous African sculpture with European art traditions. I'm Waiting demonstrates the typical anatomical distortion of much African carving. Historically such figures had been created for ritualistic purposes; they were valued for their spiritual potency, not verisimilitude. However, as art historian E.J. de Jager has commented, the exaggerated features of Sithole's figures also bring to mind the gargoyles that adorn many Gothic churches in Europe.

    I'm Waiting is listed on Fernand Haenggi's online catalogue raisonné (www.sithole.com) as LS 6911 .

    We are grateful to Fernand Haenggi for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    Bibliography
    F.F. Haenggi, Lucas Sithole 1958-1979: A pictorial review of Africa's major black sculptor, (Johannesburg, 1979) pp. 65, 71, 85.
    E.J. de Jager, Images of Man: Contemporary South African Black Art and Artists, (Fort Hare, 1992) pp. 120-121.
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Lucas Tandokwazi Sithole (South African, 1931-1994) 'I'm Waiting' 31 x 9.5 x 9.5cm (12 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4in) including base.
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