This October, Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art is pleased to present a selection of exceptional works from across the African continent. The season’s sale will feature standout pieces by leading artist in this category, including Cheri Samba, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Ouattara Watts, El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas, David Goldblatt and Pascale Marthine Tayou.
Tribal Art from the Collection of Allan Stone and Various Other Owners encompasses 250+ lots, mostly African in origin, but also Oceanic, Asian, North and South American Stone was one of the great collectors of the 20th century. Tribal arts was one of his passions. This sale, vetted and catalogued by specialist-in-charge John Buxton, continues a long and successful relationship, with Rago representing property from Stone’s collection across multiple categories. Highlights: The Flores Island couple featured as the frontispiece in The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia; a well-known Fiji Island figure with provenance to the James Hooper Collection, along with other important artifacts from Melanesia and Polynesia; many fine objects from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, notable among them an important Songe kifwebe mask; a Royal Bamileke sculpture; a fine Lobala drum; and an important Igbo totemic Ikenga post.
The exhibition on the aesthetic and meaning of beadwork focuses for the first time on women as artists. Whether in the shape of fine ornaments, impressive masks, or royal stools – bead art from southern, eastern and western Africa is admired for the delicacy of its workmanship and the diversity of styles. Manufactured in Europe for the African market from the 17th century on, glass beads are indicative of the early stages of globalisation. However, glass beads never merely served decorative or ornamental purposes; the colours and designs also convey intricate messages about age, gender, and identity of the persons wearing the pieces.
Sale of nearly 200 lots of African and Oceanic material from a single collection. Africa will be well represented with a fine selection of ceremonial objects. Highlights of these include a Cameroonian Fang figure with an inscription that attests to its having once been in an old British collection and an Ekoi dance crest from Nigeria formerly in Stuttgart’s Linden-Museum and collected by Captain Hans Glauning while he served in Cameroon between 1901 and 1908.
At the Tribal Art Fair you can find objects from Oceania, Africa, Indonesia, South America, Tibet and The Philippines. The exhibition include jewellery, sculptures, textiles, masks, implements and furniture. All objects at the Fair will be judged by experts of that region.