Bonhams African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art department offers a wide range of unique and traditional works of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the islands in the Pacific and from Central and South America.
This spring, Bonhams Los Angeles will offer a private, single-owner collection celebrating African, Oceanic, and South American artistry and mastery in Embodiments of Power & Prestige: Exceptional African, Oceanic and South American Arms, Armor and Textiles. This extraordinary collection is comprised of the highest quality examples of shields, staffs, weapons, and textiles, and will be offered in addition to a various-owner African and Oceanic Art sale on May 22. From Africa is a magnificent Kikuyu Dance Shield, ndome, from Murang'a, Kenya, (estimate: $40,000 – 80,000) carved from a single piece of lightweight wood with a cylindrical opening in the back to allow a male dancer to wear on his upper left arm. Stylistic traits include relief-like, zig-zag lines painted with natural black and red pigments. The collection was meticulously assembled by a European collector over the last 30 years, resulting in a group of works that illustrates the extraordinary skills and command of design, form, construction, and beauty in pieces which were intended to function as elements for battle. Highlights from Embodiments of Power & Prestige will tour at Bonhams New York in early May, with the L.A. preview from May 19 – 22.
Sotheby’s Paris is pleased to announce the next dedicated sale of important African and Oceanic artworks from various collections. Each work, whether unpublished or well known, has been carefully selected to celebrate the infinite richness of styles and the tremendous artistic genius of the anonymous sculptors from these regions who so deeply influenced 20th-century artists. From Papua New Guinea to Polynesia, from Côte d’Ivoire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the artworks in this group, each chosen for their remarkable artistic qualities, will emphasize the ravishing and creative interpretation of the artist, their impressive sculptural achievements and their eloquent aesthetic sensibility. Each lot will form a dialogue between strength and sensitivity, stylistic archaism and innovation, and individual genius and the influence of traditional canons.
The African Art Collection of Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert