‘Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas’

An auction first for Sotheby’s New York on 15 May 2017…

On 15th May, Sotheby’s New York will host its first ever auction of African art.  A host of awe-inspiring artefacts ranging from a Senufo Oracle Figure from the Cote D’Ivoire ($8,000 to $12,000), to a Parring Shield/Club from the Soloman Islands ($10,000 to $15,000) will go on sale at the world-famous auction house.

Dogon Granary Shutter, Mali, estimate $7,000 - $10,000.

Dogon Granary Shutter, Mali, estimate $7,000 – $10,000.

The star of the show will be a Chokwe Female Statue  – a previous feature of the Jacques Kerchache Collection.  According to Sotheby’s this is a ‘masterpiece of exquisite quality’ which has been resident in the same private collection since 1982.  The catalogue estimate for this figure is currently set at $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.  She has previously been exhibited at the Galerie Le Courneur-Roudillon, Paris, in the Spring of 1968.  Part of a small collection of extant Chokwe pieces surviving from the Angolan tribe, the statue was carved in the 18th-19th Century in the pays d’origine style.

Lot 29 features another figure with a high catalogue estimate.  Judged to be worth around the $1million mark, the Female Statue from Lake Sentani (Papua, Indonesia) cuts a striking, determined pose.  Japanese artist Kichizo Inagaki (1851 – 1951) designed a bespoke wooden base for the piece.  Originally collected in situ by Jacques Viot for Pierre Loeb, the figure has spent the years since gracing 3 other private collections in Paris.

Overall, the auction will include a selection of highly-curated art and artefacts, not only from Africa, Oceania and the Americas as the title informs, but also Pre-Columbian and American Indian pieces.

See the Sotheby’s site for further details.  The lengthy catalogue proves a feast for the eyes for collectors and experts alike.

Sotheby's Chokwe Princess figure from Indonesia, star of the upcoming auction with an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.

Sotheby’s Chokwe Princess figure from Angola, star of the upcoming auction, with an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.


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