ABOVE: Mask, okuyi. Punu; Gabon.
Wood, pigment. H: 30 cm.
Acquired in situ by Joseph Guyon (1870–1942), lieutenant governor of Gabon; retained in his family by descent.
To be offered by Sotheby’s, Paris, on 8–15 December 2022, est. 30,000–50,000 euros.
PARIS—Sotheby’s is planning a winter sale for the month of December devoted to the arts of Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, and the Americas.
Consisting of 120 lots, it will begin online on December 8, 2022, and will conclude on the fifteenth of that month, a time frame that includes five days of public exhibition at Sotheby’s galleries on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris.
Eclectic and representative of the immense talent of artists from the four corners of the globe, the sale will present a range of material, from the Pre-Columbian Americas to the northwest coast of Alaska, and from the islands of Oceania and Indonesia to the breadth of sub-Saharan Africa.
Of particular note is a group of Dayak hampatong figures from Borneo from the collection of Émile Deletaille, as well as a number of Oceanic artworks from a Parisian collector, including, among other works, tortoiseshell objects, objects of adornment, war clubs from Fiji, and neckrests from Tonga.
As for the arts of Africa, highlights will include a fine Attie sculpture from Côte d’Ivoire attributed to the Master of Rounded Volumes, as well as a group of Kota reliquary guardian figures from Gabon and a Punu okuyi mask brought back by Joseph Guyon, the colonial governor who served there from 1914 to 1918 that has been in his family ever since.
Finally, a collection of gold ornaments from Colombia and a Kwakiutl cup from British Columbia bear witness to the delicacy of the arts of the Americas, whether they derive from the northern or southern continent.
8-15 December 2022 - Online Sale
ABOVE: Avian pendant.
Diquis; Costa Rica. AD 800–1500.
Gold. To be offered by Sotheby’s, Paris, on 8–15 December 2022, est. 30,000–40,000 euros.