Wednesday, November 14, 2007
On December 5, 2007 Sotheby's Paris has two auctions -
1) A single owner sale of 15 lots from Brian & Diane Leyden's great Bete & Senufo collection and
2) A sale of 158 lots from various owners.
I imagine the Leyden's are using the strong market for top material to lighten up on a few items and allow them to diversify their collection. The pieces are first rate and should do well.
Highlights of the single owner sale include a Benin plaque (est 150,000 - 250,000 EUR), a Cameroon Fon figure (est 250,000 - 350,000 EUR and pictured above , a Kwele mask (220,000 - 280,000 EUR) and a stunning squatting Bembe figure at 70,000 - 100,000 EUR (pictured above)
The sale features a handful of lots from South and East Africa (lots 95 - 104). Lot 99 comprises 12 Zulu spoons and was acquired in a small auction in South Africa 2 months ago. Lot 100 comprises 2 pipes and 2 snuffs including an interesting zoomorphic pipe. Lot 101 is a maternity figure, slightly stubby and not quite as elegant as the finest Baboon Master staffs, but authentic nevertheless and this is reflected in the estimate of 6,000-9,000 EUR. Lots 103 and 104 (illustrated above) are quite unusual Lozi walking sticks, probably made for resale, but attractive and nicely carved (est. 3,000-5,000 EUR and 4,000 - 6,000 EUR respectively).
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Bonhams, New York holds its inaugural New York African and Oceanic auction on November 13, 2007.
Session 1 is a various owner sale comprising 269 lots. Of interest to the Southern African collector are lots 2267, 2268 and 2269. Lot 2268, estimated at $20,000-$25,000 is a maternity staff. Lot 2267 is an atypical staff, probably Zulu, ex William Brill collection with an estimate of $3,000-$4,000. Lot 2269 is a small crouching male figure with headring, probably made for sale, estimated at $2,00o-$3,000.
Session 2 comprises 116 lots from the Gelbard Collection.