Salon Art Auction

...a new twist on a vintage tradition

Salon Art Auction

MASA Salon Art Exhibition & Auction


 At the expo, one of the flagship events on the programme is our first ever Salon Art Auction.  Where does the Salon originate from? 

The Salon, sometimes also referred to as the Paris Salon, started in 1667 and was the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Popular culture in the 1600’s and 1700’s appropriated the word to become synonymous with a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry (either to please or to educate), but were not limited to poetry or philosophical discussions.  Depending on the strictures of the host, some salons were exclusively for painters or paintings; or for jewellery, or for millinery, or for ceramics.  Salons in the tradition of the French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries were sustained until as recently as the 1940’s in urban settings.

For us as mosaic artists and for the Mosaic Association of South Africa as the driving force, this is the perfect format to broaden the horisons of the art lover to include mosaic art.  Ideally, a salon is a very social event, where art is displayed in an environment where a potential patron may interact with the artist and learn first-hand about the motivation behind the work, the techniques favoured by the artist, etc.


For this, our first Salon Art Auction, the project leader is:

Jill Jenkins

Cell: 072 025 8142


Jill will be responsible for encouraging artists to participate in the Salon, obtaining photographs to vet & approve art for submission & for keeping track of where we stand with this process.

Friday, 20 September, 2019

Deadline for submissions to be included in Salon Art Auction

Friday, 27 September, 2019 – Central Square, Menlyn Maine

Preview: 09:00 – 18:00

Salon & Auction: 18:00 – 21:00

18:00pm – Salon reopens and bidding begins
19:00pm – Teal balloon tables auction will close
19:30pm – Purple balloon tables auction will close
20:00pm – Blue balloon tables auction will close
20:30pm – Lime balloon tables auction will close
21:00pm – All artwork needs to be removed

Any artist can display his/her work for everyone to enjoy and even purchase, subject to the artwork being approved and a participation fee being paid. Tables will be set up in the Salon area to display the art all day on Friday. Later in the evening, during the Auction, all attendees and guests may browse the salon and register a written bid on any piece they wish to purchase.  The auction area will be divided into sections, each section with a different ending bid time.  As bidding closes, each work for sale will go to the highest bidder. The payment transaction is then handled on the spot between the artist and the buyer, and the buyer takes the work home.

Terms & Conditions:-

Salon works will be on display during the Friday preview (note: viewing only, no bidding).

Size guidelines: Maximum size (INCLUDING FRAME) for your work is 50cm H x 50cm W (x 50cm D for 3D works). Works larger than this will NOT be allowed or exhibited.

A payment of the R400* Salon Artist Fee is required to participate.

This is a non-juried event and any attendee can exhibit however SPACE IS LIMITED and work will be vetted for overall standard! If you want to exhibit, you must

  1. Submit photographs of your work/s to Jill Jenkins for vetting
  2. Make payment of your participation fee
  3. Follow the artwork size rules
  4. Meet the entry deadline

Your mosaic does not have to be for sale to be shown in the Salon.

There is no cover charge for attending the Salon Art Auction.

All proceeds from the sale of any artwork is for the account of the artist unless specifically agreed otherwise.

You will have the opportunity to donate the proceeds for a SOLD artwork in the Salon to MASA. Special tent cards will designate which pieces’ proceeds are being donated. This is a great way to help support our organization while getting a chance to exhibit your work.


*50% Discount will apply to MASA members.