The section dedicated to works from various collectors offered major rediscoveries in the history of African and Oceanic art. The highest price in the sale was achieved by a magnificent Baule mask from Côte d'Ivoire, which sold for €781,500. The two most coveted pieces from the collection of Françoise and Jean Corlay, devoted to the arts of the Congo, were an exceptional fetish statue and the Lwalwa mask.
In June, Sotheby’s will unveil the Françoise and Jean Corlay Collection of Congo Art. At the heart of the collection is a stunning group of Songye figures, including monumental and miniature works that embody the notions of “force and sensitivity” equally well. A remarkable Janus Songye figure with an oozing patina strikingly evokes the vocabulary which established Cubism, whereas a magnificent headrest from the Bela Hein Collection highlights the creative genius of Yaka artists.