Bonhams announce auction of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art for November 20

. November 12, 2012

Bonhams is pleased to announce the upcoming African, Oceanic & Pre-Colombian Art auction for the autumn season. As the only international auction house offering two tribal arts sales per year in New York, Bonhams has the undisputed edge in the market by offering quality works of art at all price levels. The pieces on offer are sure to please both seasoned and emerging collectors, with their striking forms, diversity of origin and carefully established provenance.

Senufo Equestrian Figure, Ivory Coast

The sale’s top lot is a spectacular and rare wooden Senufo equestrian figure from the Ivory Coast, valued between $80,000-$120,000. But it is not only the high-value African art pieces that will entice bidders. Also on offer are close to 100 lots from the personal collection of Marc and Denyse Ginzberg. The Ginzberg’s seminal 2000 book African Forms is considered a must-read for any serious African Art collector, and the pieces on offer reflect his impressive knowledge of the subject. Bonhams is honored to offer the superb examples of African weapons, adornments, containers, furniture, instruments and devotional items.

Oceanic arts are also well represented. The sale’s most historic lot is a foul feather cape that once belonged to the hanai daughter of the Hawaiian Island’s Queen Lili’uokalani, Lydia Kaonohiponiponiokalani Aholo. Also known as Tutu, Ms. Aholo was adopted by the queen after her own parents passed away. Estimated at $12,000-$15,000, the feather cape beautifully exemplifies native Hawaiian craftsmanship and features a dazzling use of color and breathtaking technical skill.
African, Oceanic and Pre-Colombian Art will open for preview in New York, November 17. To view the full auction, please visit bonhams.com.

Category: Fine Art

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