Lot 166, Baule male figure, Cote d'Ivoire, 41 inches high
166 is a fine Baule male figure from the Cote d'Ivoire. It is 41
It was once in the collection of Maurice de Vlaminck, the painter.
The catalogue entry provides the following commentary by Jack Flam in
the catalogue "Primitivism in 20th Century Art":
"After having painted out-of-doors on a hot, bright day, Vlaminck
stopped at a bistro in Argenteuil for some refreshment. As he
stood drinking, he noticed on a shelf behind the far three African
objects. Two of them...were from Dahomey, and a third, unpainted
and dark, was from the Ivory Coast. So struck by the force of
these objects he persuaded the owner to let him have them in exchange
for buying the house a round of drinks....Vlaminck stated that he had
already seen African sculptures on several visits to the Trocadero
museum with [Andre} Derain, but that he had then regarded them merely
as 'barbaric fetishes' of no particular aesthetic interest."
It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $187,500.
Lot 172, Mambila
figure, Cameroon, 17 1/2 inches high
is a fine Mambila figure from Cameroon from the collection of Martin
and Rebecca Lerner. It has an estimate of $30,000 to
$50,000. It failed to sell.
117, Spirit figiure from a sacred flute. Biwat, Yuat River, East Sepik
Province, Papua New Guinea, 30 1/2 inches high
Lot 175, Yaka power
figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12 7/8 inches high
object from the Lerner collection is Lot 175, a Yaka power figure from
the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is 12 7/8 inches
high. It was once in the collection of Armand Arman and was
exhibited at the Musuem for African Art in New York in 1997. It has an
estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. It
failed to sell.
is a good Spirit figure from a sacred flute from Biwat, Yuat River,
East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. It is 30 1/2 inches
high. The catalogue entry notes such figures were "stoppers" atop
long bamboo flutes that were considered the children of the mother
crocodile. The lot has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
It failed to sell.
Lot 162, seven Bamana
aardvark marionette heads, Mali, length of longest 12 3/4 inches
162 is a lovely group of seven Bamana aardvark marionette heads from
Mali. The longest is 12 3/4 inches. It has an estimate of $10,000
to $15,000. It failed to sell.
134, Teotihuacan stone standing figure, Guerrero region, Late
Preclassic/Early Classic, circa AD 200-400, 13 8/8 inches high
is a good Teotihuacan stone standing figure from the Guerrero region,
Late Preclassic/Early Classic, circa AD 200-400. It is 13 3/8
Lot 145, Maya figure of
a warrior, Jana, Late Classic, circa AD 550-950, 11 34 inches high
The catalogue entry notes that Teotihuacan "became one of the
largest cities in the world by the 6th Century. It was the most
important city in Mesoamerica at the time."
The lot has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $137,500.
145 is an impressive Maya figure of a warrior, Jana, Late Classic,
circa AD 550-950. It is 11 3/4 inches high. It was
exhibited at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in
1966. It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 146, Ulua marble
bowl with effigy handles, Late Classic, circa AD 550-950, 12 1/2 inches
is an impressive Ulua marble bowl with effigy hangles from the Late
Classic, circa AD 550-950. It is 12 1/2 inches long. It has
been exhibited at the Smith College Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine
Arts in Houston and the Princeton University Art Museum. It has
an estimate of $170,000 to $200,000. It sold for $187,500.
Lot 142, Standing
priestess, Veracruz, Nopiloa, Late Classic, AD 550-950, 15 1/4 inches
is a very fine standing prietess, Veracruz, Nopiloa, Late Classic AD
550-950. It is 15 1/4 inches high. It was on loan to the
Detroit Institute of Art from 1985 to 2003. Ithas an estimate of
$150,000 to $200,000. It sold