The number and diversity of African art exhibitions are growing at a significant pace; so too are the number of exhibitors and visitors. Art fairs present a unique opportunity to discover new objects, speak to experts and connect with other collectors.
Sotheby’s is privileged to announce that the Collection of Edwin and Cherie Silver, Los Angeles, will be offered in a series of auctions, centered on a single-owner auction of African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and American Indian Art during the height of the New York auction season in November. The dedicated auction is led by a magnificent selection of important Kota Reliquary Figures from Gabon and the Congo, icons of African art. Assembled during the golden age of American post-war collecting in these categories, the group is a time capsule of the caliber of artwork that was available to collectors decades ago, but is very rarely found in the market today. Selected highlights from the collection will travel to Sotheby’s Paris in September to be shown during the Parcours des Mondes fair, and then back to the Silvers’ hometown of Los Angeles for an exhibition at Sotheby’s headquarters there in October.
The African and Oceanic Art sale in Paris in November will include two objects from the collection, including an important Hemba figure from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Estimated at €200,000-400,000, this superb statue was acquired from the renowned French dealer and taste-maker Jacques Kerchache.