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Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas

Christie's
New York


10 AM, May 10, 2012

Sale 2661

Fish bowl


Lot 6, Santa Cruz Islands platter, Solomon Islands, 24 3/4 inches long

 

By Carter B. Horsley

This May 10, 2012 auction at Christie's New York of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas is small in its number of lots, , but it it has some terrific works, 52, including a magnificent wooden platter fro the Santa Cruz Islands in the Solomon Islands, shown above.

It is Lot 6 and it is 24 3/4 inches long and like many of the works in this auction it was once in the collection of Ernst Beyeler of Basel.

It was acquired by Monique de Ganay on the Korrigane Expedition in 1934-6 that brought back to Europe more than 2,500 objects and thousands of photographs that were initially "depositd" at the Musee de l'Homme in 1936.  Ms. de Ganay acquired the exquisitely graceful wooden dish for five sticks of tobacco in Mananu Village and was told the dish, known as Lam, represented a shark and was used for food.

It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $314,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.



Shark

Lot 15, "Bidjogo mask," Bissagos Islands, Guinea Bissau, 45 inches high

A more dramatic work is Lot 15, a tall "Bidjogo mask" from the Bissagos Islands in Guinea Bissau.  It is 45 inches high.  It represents a sawfish and is highly abstract and wonderfully textured.  A very closely related example was collected by Victor Bandeira in 1965 and is now in the Museu Nacional de Ethnologia in Lisbon and another example was acquired by the British Museum in 1983 from Helene Leloup.  The catalogue entry notes that this example is "certainly one of the finest known."  It has a very modest estiatme of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $266,500.





Dark head

Lot 24, "Anthropomorphic Cup," Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 8 1/4 inches high

One of the most interesting works in the auction is Lot 24, a Kuba anthropomorphic cup from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  It is 8 1/4 inches high.  The cup was used to drink palm wine, the most popular beverage in the Kuba kingdom.  The Kuba king had a colletction of marvelously decorated cups although wasn't allowed to drink or eat in public.  The lot has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $60,000.


Cello

Lot 8, club, whalebone, Maori, New Zealand, 12 1/4 inches long

Lot 8 is an impressive Maori whalebone club from New Zealand that is 12 1/4 inches long.  The catalogue said that this "exquisite" club can be compared to one in the British Museum and another in the Sainsbury Collection.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $40,000.

carved box

Lot 7, feather box, Maori, New Zealand, 15 3/4 inches long

Lot 7 is a Maori feather box from New Zealand that is 15 3/4 inches long and distinguished by the tiki figures at either end with projected tongues to provoke and challenge enemies.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $27,500.


half box

Lot 26, box, Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congro, 11 inches long

Lot 26 is a crescent-shape Kuba box from the  Democratic Republic of the Congo that is decorated with geometric designs and a stylized human face.  The box was used to contain a cosmetic called twool, a red powder made out of the Pterocarpus tree.  It has an esitmate of $2,000 to $3,000.  It sold for $3,000.


long chair

Lot 11, Zoomorphic seat, Baule, Ulimbi Bia, Ivory Coast, 44 1/2 inches long

Lot 11 is a zoomorphic seat from Baule, Ulimbi Bia, Ivory Coast.  It is 44 1/2 inches long.  It has an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000.  It sold for $7,500.


Paddle

Lot 5, Austral Islands Ceremonial Paddle, French Polynesia, 82 inches long

Lot 5 is a long Austral Islands ceremonial paddle from French Polynesia.  It is 82 inches long and had been in the collection of Ernst Beyeler of Basel.  Itg has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $40,000.

Mezcala

Lot 31, stone figure, Mezcala, Type M12, 13 7/8 inches high

Lot 31 is a Mezcala Type M12 stone figure that is 13 7/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $80,500.

man pot

Lot 42, Figural vessel, greyware, Early Mochica, circa 300-100 B.C., 7 1/2 inches high

Lot 42 is an excellent Early Mochica grayware figural vessel, circa 300-100 B.C.  It is 7 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.  It sold for $6,000.


Frog

Lot 41, frog vessel, Early Mochica, circa 300-100 B.C., 7 inches high

Lot 41 is an Early Mochica frog vessel, circa 300-100 B.C.  It is 7 inches high.  It has an estimate of $1,500 to $2,500  It sold for $9,375.



Two men

Lot 49, two stone figues, Costa Rica, Diquis Region, 12 3/8 inches high, the tallest

Lot 49 consists of two stone figures from the Diquis Region of Costa Rica, circa A.D. 1000-1500.  The tallest is 12 3/8 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $3,500 to $5,500.  It sold for $8,125.



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