Lot 39, Maori dancing
figure, New Zealand or Bay of Plenty, wood, 14 inches high
is a great Maori dancing figure in wood from New Zealand or Bay of
Plenty. It is 14 inches high.
It is remarkable for its pose of a lifted leg, which th catalogue
suggests indcates a challenge, and its fearsome and lenghty hands with
It has a estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It was passed at $32,000.
Rubenstein with Prince Artchi Gourelli-Tchkonia in their home at 300
Park Avenue, 1938 with the present lot in the fireplace. Photo by
MCNY/Gottscho Schlisner/Getty Images
has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It was passed at $130,000.
Lot 41, "Maori Canoe
New Zealand, wood, 23 inches long
41 is an impressive Maori canoe bailer from New Zealand that is 23
It has an estimate pf $25,000 to $35,000 and was passed at $22,000 but
subsequently "reopened" and sold for
Lot 42, "Maori
Gable Figure (Tekoteko)," New Zealand, probably Bay of Plenty, wood, 37
3/4 inches high
is an impressive Maori gable figure from New Zealand, probably Bay of
Plenty. It is 37 1/3/4 inches high and was once in the collection
of Andre Breton and Helena Rubenstein.
It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $740,000.
23, Mask for Kipong, Northern New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, wood,
pigments, Turban snail opercula, fiber, 29 1/2 inches wide
23 is a marvelous mask for Kipong. a funeral ceremony in northern New
Ireland. It is 29 1/2 inches wide.
The lot has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. It sold for $30,000.
24, Tolai Mask, Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago,
wood, bark cloth, White-bellied Sea Eagle feathers, Dwarf Cassowary
feathers, 19 inches high
24 is a fabulous Tolai Mask from the Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain,
Bismarck Archipelago, that is made of wood, bark cloth, White-bellied
Sea Eagle feathers, Dwarf Cassowary
feathers. It is 19 inches high. It has an estimate of
$60,000 to $90,000. It sold for
Lot 26, "Ancestor
Figure (Uli)," New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, wood pigment, Turban
snail opercula, fiber, 44 inches high
26 is a large and imposing ancestor figure (Uli) from New Ireland,
Bismarck Archipelago. It is 44 inches high. It has an
estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $237,500.
60, Iwaino Figure, Urama Island, Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea, wood,
pigments, 14 1/2 inches high
60 is an very impressive wood sculpture of an Iwaino Figure from Urama
Island in the Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea. It is 14 1/2 inches high.
It has a modest estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. I was the underbidder and it sold for
Lot 79, Eight daggers,
northern Cassowary bone, Papua New Guinea, largest 14 3/4 inches high
is a group of nicely carved daggers of Northern Cassowary bone from
Papua New Guinea. The largest is 14 3/4 inches high. It has
an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
It sold for $3,750.
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Barnet at Sotheby's New York May 14, 2018 with a great Fang-Mvai
statue, a lovely Greek bronze of a horse, and spell-binding , Olmec
serpentine figure of a dwarf (5/14/18, updated 6/4/18)
recap of Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas auction at Sotheby's
New York May 14, 2018 with fabulous Yoruba altar stave and sheath, a
Colima vessel in the form of an antler, a great Veracruz stone statue
of a priestess, a Yaka power figure with eight "babies," and a powerful
Mambila figure from Cameroon (5/14/18, updated 6/6/18)
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2017 with fine examples of Kota, Bamana, Hemba and Fang sculpture
(11/12/17, updated 1/26/18)
Preview and recap of Art of Africa,
Oceania & the Americas at Sotheby's New York May 15, 2017 with a great Kwele mask from the
Sangha Region of the Republic of the Congo, a Chokwe female figure from
Angola, a female statue from Lake Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, a Kanak
figure from New Caledonia, a Canoe Prow Figure from New Georgia in the
Solomon Islands, a Mayan stone sculpture of a serpent, and a Bamileke
animal from Cameroon (5/15/17, updated 7/30/17)
recap of Evolution of Form: African
& Oceanic Art at the Genesis of Modernism at Christie's New York
May 12, 2016 with superb worksincluding the Helena Rubenstein Dan Mask
and a Baule Female Figure attributed to the Rockefeller Master
(5/10/16, updated 8/22/16)
Preview and recap of
African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian
Art auction at Sotheby's New York May 7, 2016 with a masterly and very
rare Uli statue, a superb Vera Cruz greenstone yoke, an excellent Sulka
helmet mask from Papua New Guinea, two excellent Kanak roof spires from
New Caledonia and a wonderful Mayan standing lord with removable
headdress (5/7/16, updated 8/15/16)