20th Century South African Art features alongside modern Australian masters in the annual London sale of Modern + Contemporary Australian Art, with works by South African artists. The sale features the leading 20th century South African artists such as Irma Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Sekoto and William Kentridge.
In December 2007 Stern’s stunning 1946 portrait, Congolese Woman, smashed the record for a South African picture at auction, claiming the record which Pierneef’s Transvaal landscape had held at Christie’s in the 1990s, and which Thomas Baines’ canvases from The Dawnay Collection had taken at Christie’s in the 1980s.
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Nicholas Lambourn joined Christie's in 1981 and has specialized in Australian Paintings since the mid-1980s. Working in the UK, Europe and Australia, he has sourced some of the major modern Australian paintings that have come to auction over the last 20 years - from Nolan's epic Riverbend II, sold in London on behalf of the Sir Sidney Nolan Trust for £450,500 (A$1,022,181), a world auction record for the artist at the time (1993); to Fred Williams's Upwey Landscape for £720,000 (A$1,807,000), which shattered the previous world auction record for the artist's work set at Christie's (2006).
Helena Ingham joined Christie’s in 2004 as a graduate intern, moving into the Topographical department in 2006. She works primarily on the Exploration and Travel and Polar sales, helping secure collections – most recently The Charles Seymour “Silas” Wright Collection including Relics from Scott’s Last Expedition, sourced in Canada and sold in September 2010. Helena works with Nicholas Lambourn and Amanda Fuller on the Australian and South African Art sales, as well as working closely with Nicolas Martineau at South Kensington on collection sales, notably A Channel Island Treasure House: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours from the Collection of the late John Appleby (sold November 2010). Helena graduated in 2001 from the University of York with a BA(Hons) in English Literature. She has recently returned to work following the birth of her daughter in 2011.
Amanda Fuller joined Christie’s Topographical department in 2010 as a Junior Specialist. Since starting at Christie’s, Amanda has contributed to the department’s various sales including Exploration & Travel, and Australian and South African sales in addition to working on Private Sales. Prior to joining Christie’s, Amanda worked with local auction houses and galleries in Melbourne. Amanda graduated from Monash University, Melbourne with a B.A.(Hons) in Art History and History, and the University of Melbourne with an M.A. in Art Curatorship.