A tribal year-end at Bonhams

New York, 15 October 2018

On Tuesday 13 November 2018, there will be a sale of African, oceanic and pre-Columbian art at Bonhams in New York. At least 103 quality objects will be on display to the public.

“This sale marks the return of African and Oceanic art to New York”, said Fred Backlar, tribal art specialist at Bonhams. “The sector had been somewhat down since 2014 in the market.”

Several remarkable lots are to be remembered. An exceptional Kota reliquary from Gabon will first be proposed (300,000 to 500,000 dollars). This one was taken in by Dr Paul Aubert at the beginning of the 20th century. It was presented in 2017 at the Los Angeles County Museum, during the exhibition "The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts". A Dogon female figure from Mali will also be on sale ($100,000 to $150,000). This one belonged to the poet Tristan Tzara, the dadaist cantor. Finally, there is a rare Polynesian avimorph headrest ($60,000 to $90,000). This one probably originates from the Tikopia or Anuta Islands.

The sale organized by Bonhams in New York will be followed by other events marking the end of 2018. The Alan and Bronnie Blaugrund collection will first be dispersed at Bonhams Los Angeles on Monday 10 December. It is essentially composed of objects of American native art. A second sale of Amerindian art will take place the next day, Tuesday 11 December, also at Bonhams Los Angeles. A beautiful tribal gift for the end of the year.

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