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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 31.5 in. x W 27.56 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 31.5 in. x W 27.56 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 31.5 in. x W 27.56 in.
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Impressionist View of a Vineyard and Fish Pond oil on canvas circa 1951

1951

$2,483.96

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A fine Impressionist oil on canvas. Signed Lower left. oil on canvas 62cmx52cm Fine antique giltwood frame 80cmx70cm A view of the famous long established Vineyard, the Estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantin), Cape Town South Africa. Painted plein air on a sunny day. Wonderful rendering of the dappled light from the ancient trees on the fish pond and 17th Century Cellars and Manor House. Undistinctly signed. Van Allen/ Van Allan Good condition Viewing welcome. Worldwide shipping arrangeable Constantia is one of the oldest townships of Cape Town and is famed for its wine. The estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) was established in 1685 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town Simon van der Stel. Other notable wine farms in the area include the oldest estate, Steenberg (Mountain of Stone), established in 1682, Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations), Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (View of Constantia). Before the twentieth century, the region was noted for its exports of Vin de Constance a sweet dessert wine. Many years ago the trade was crippled by the arrival in the Cape of a parasite that attacked the vines. In 1661, during the Dutch conquest of Sumatra, Sheik Abdurachman Matebe Shah and his companion Sheikh Mahmoud were exiled to Constantia by the Dutch. Sheik Abdurachman is regarded as one of the three people that first brought Islam to South Africa. The kramat at Klein Constantia is built on the site that Sheik Abdurachman is thought to have died in 1681 or 1682. About 220 slaves worked over a period of 150 years on the land planted with vineyards, fruit and olive trees at the time of Van der Stel. A labour shortage after emancipation indicates that slaves moved away from the farms where they worked, but possibly stayed in the area. From the mid-1800s to the 1960s, Constantia remained a rural area of wine estates in which African and coloured residents constituted the majority. They were farmers, farm workers, domestics and fruit and flower sellers and lived in the areas of Strawberry Lane, Sillery Road, Spaanschemat River Road and Ladies Mile Road. In 1961 Constantia was zoned as a White Group Area under the Group Areas Act. In the late 1960s inhabitants classified as coloured or African were forcibly removed to areas in the Cape Flats like Mitchell's Plain, Manenberg and Lotus River. On Heritage Day 2009, a plaque remembering the Strawberry Lane community was unveiled by Cape Town's mayor Dan Plato. Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, both lived in Constantia. Mark's house is now owned by the Sahara Group. The historic Tarrystone House, once owned by Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer was listed for sale at R80 million.

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    1951
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Depth: 1.97 in. (5 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Frome, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU121024385362

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