Umamawothando means Mother of Love, a name given to philanthropist and socialite, Liselotte Hardebeck, by those she helped during the apartheid days. It was also the name she gave to the trust she set up to help disadvantaged post-graduate students.
She requested that on her death the contents of her home be placed on auction in order to benefit the trust. Furniture, jewellery and silver were auctioned by Strauss & Co in Cape Town in October. The residual contents of the Hardebeck home will be auctioned on a dedicated online sale from November 9–14 (www.straussonline.co.za).
Also on auction at Strauss next week are the artworks belonging to the late Chris (Tos) du Toit, a close friend of Walter Battiss, who had several of the artist’s pieces.
Strauss is also handling the sale of the SA works belonging to influential New York art collectors Ruth and Jerome Siegel.
The Siegel collection includes a range of artistic styles and periods. The American and European pictures will be auctioned at Christie’s, New York.