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Sotheby’s New York – African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art including Property from the Lerner, Shoher and Vogel CollectionsMarch 15th, 2012 by admin
Sotheby’s annual various owners sale of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art in New York is led by a magnificent Kota reliquary figure formerly in the collections of Morris J. Pinto and the artist Armand Arman (estimate $1-1.5 million). In addition, this sale features works from several distinguished collections including The Martin and Roberta Lerner Collection of African Miniature Sculpture, the Zafrira and Itzhak Shoher Collection, and the Susan and Jerry Vogel Collection of African Art. The selection of Pre-Columbian art will feature Peruvian gold, Mezcala stone figures, masks, and Maya and West Mexican ceramic figures from collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, William and Betty Hays and the Estate of Jan Mitchell.
This week of sales will combine Arts of the Islamic World, Orientalist Paintings and Contemporary Turkish Art, as well as a remarkable single-owner collection of Ottoman art entitled An Eye for Opulence: Art of the Ottoman Empire.
This dedicated sale, comprising all aspects of Ottoman craftsmanship, as well as European paintings and Turqueries, presents wonderful opportunities for both the dedicated collector of Ottoman art and for those passionate about great design and sumptuous decoration.
The department offers the best of British paintings, drawings and sculpture from throughout the 20th century. Beginning with the ground-breaking Edwardians, such as Augustus John and William Nicholson, we pass through the Modernist and Surrealist years between the World Wars, through Neo-Romanticism, the realism and abstraction of the 1950s, the birth of Pop and right up to the present day.
The personal jewellery collection of arguably the most important female jewellery designer of the 20th century, Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983), will be sold in Geneva on the 14th of May 2012. Comprising over 50 lots, this unprecedented sale features the most significant group of jewels by Belperron ever to appear on the market. This collection includes some of her most celebrated designs and also very intimate items which illustrate her unique style and creative virtuosity.
This is the second sale of material from Eric Caren’s collection, which aims to document every important event in modern history through books, manuscripts, autographs, photographs, posters and ephemera that span the 16th century through the 1970s.
American Indian portraits by some significant photographers, including Edward S. Curtis, Frank Rinehart and David Barry, who shot the image shown top left, a boudoir card portrait of Good Horse and his wife, 1900s-10s.
Theodor de Bry’s Admiranda Narratio Fida Tamen, the first Latin edition of the first volume of De Bry’s Great Voyages, Frankfurt, 1590.
A large selection of 1960′s and 70′s anti-war and rock and roll posters.
Presidents of the United States, a chromolithograph by Augustus Feusier, 1861, shown left, and other material relating to Presidents, including an early photographic portrait of Lincoln before he was President.
Broadsides, including the first printing of the first act of secession, printed fifteen minutes after the final vote, Charleston Mercury Extra, 20 December 1860.
Born in Dortmund, Germany, Werner Muensterberger (1913-2011) started collecting African art as a teenager, inspired to do so by his godfather, the renowned collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt. Muensterberger held three PhDs, in psychiatry, anthropology, and art history, and specialized in psychoanalytic anthropology. He was the author of several important early publications on African, Oceanic, and Native American art, including The Sculpture of Primitive Man (1955) and Universality of Tribal Art (1979); as well as Collecting: An Unruly Passion (1995), examining the psychology of the collector. The auction features a small group of masterpieces acquired during a lifetime of collecting. The sale is led by Muensterberger’s iconic Luluwa Helmet Mask, famous for its superb quality and monumental scale (estimate $1.5-2.5 million).
This spring, Sotheby’s is delighted to offer a joint single-owner sale of fine English and European decorative arts from the estate of Roger Rechler and the Collection of Dorothy and Wendell Cherry. Each of these collectors had a distinctive style favoring English, French and Continental furniture and decorative arts which transformed two rather different interiors, namely a fine formal townhouse in New York City’s Upper East Side and a beautiful turn-of-the-century Southern Colonial villa situated in idyllic Kentucky horse country. Whilst building such distinctive collections, both collectors shared a passion for breeding and showing dogs, many of which lovingly shared their lives and their homes.