The Robert Rubin Collection of African Art is one of the most important collections of African art to appear on the international market in recent years. Mr. Rubin (1934–2009) was a lifetime trustee of the Museum for African Art in New York and a major figure in the field. The relatively small collection of 50 works reflects his extraordinary taste and discernment and his quest for the finest examples from each region and style.
Among the many highlights is a Baule Male Ancestor Figure from Ivory Coast, which is known as the best of its type. It was created by a master carver whose attention to detail is unsurpassed in African art. The unusually large (24 in) sculpture is of exceptionally high quality. It boasts impressive provenance and has also been widely published, including in the prestigious L'Art Negré by Pierre Meauzé in 1967. Another major highlight from the sale is a Dogon Nduleri Male Ancestor Figure which is the Name-Piece of the Master of the Slanted Eyes and the companion to a female figure in the collection of the Musée du Louvre in Paris.