Renowned art dealers and fine art collectors, Dr Renier and Lucia Holtzhausen, have joined forces with the team at Aspire Art Auctions. The Holtzhausens have enjoyed a fascinating and illustrious career, which began in 1967, collecting works of twentieth century South African masters.
Dr Holtzhausen explains; “I had always been interested in writing medical articles and books for the press. Later this became useful for writing about artists and their works, supported by Lucia and her knowledge about art through her BA Arts degree.”
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The couple initially bought and sold to improve their collection, but their interests in collecting led to the formation of the Art Collectors’ Club in which the members, all enthusiastic collectors, compared notes and often exchanged paintings. The Club later evolved into Artinvest, a private art consultancy in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, which guided investors in proactive decisions about choice of artist, quality, authenticity and value of a painting.
“We arranged private sales and purchases of valuable South African works of art, focussing on top quality works of established South African Old Masters,” says Holtzhausen. “The advantages of this type of investment are obvious; appreciation in value, no need for registration, and ease of conversion into cash.”
Subsequently an opportunity arose to open the Holtzhausen Gallery in Pretoria. “This was a relaxing and productive time and we gained valuable experience from being in the thick of professional art dealing. However, in 1977 the space was taken over by the adjoining restaurant. Fortunately, our business had grown steadily through diligence and frequent visits to most of the important collectors and galleries in South Africa. At that time there were only a few private art dealers in the country – the era of the big name auctioneers was about to begin.”
“Sotheby’s opened a branch in Johannesburg with a young and knowledgeable Stephan Welz as assistant. We became firm friends and traded wonderful works between each other for over fifty years, up to his untimely death in 2015. It was a big loss for me, in particular, and for South African art in general. He was one of the last of the older and experienced art experts and dealers. Since Stephan’s passing we are on our own as the oldest art enthusiasts from that period,” says Holtzhausen.
“During my active practicing years I could manage the art side on a part-time basis with Lucia’s involvement. Since my retirement from medical practice twenty-one years ago, I again became fully involved and when the prospect of joining Aspire as consultants was suggested, we were delighted to get involved,” Holtzhausen concludes.
“We are all very proud to be affiliated with Dr Renier and Lucia Holtzhausen,” says Ruarc Peffers, Aspire Art Auctions Director and Art Specialist. “Their extensive experience and expertise further embellishes our strong team, and we are delighted to be associated with such highly-regarded and prestigious individuals, renowned for their knowledge, ethics and successful practice. It is our great pleasure to welcome them to our team.”
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