There was an electric atmosphere at the sale of 80 remarkable lots of African and Oceanic art including the second part of the Daniel et Marian Malcolm Collection. The magnificent works selected by Sotheby’s specialists for their rarity and exceptional beauty appealed to art lovers from every continent, resulting in an outstanding total of €11,2 million.
The sale opened with the second part of the Daniel and Marian Malcolm African Art Collection. A superb tribute to their universal taste, the sale of this group achieved a combined total of €10,2 million between New York and Paris. The all-powerful Chokwe Queen exceeded her estimate with the highest price of this session, €2,275,000 while the striking modernism of the statue of a primordial Senufo ancestor (lot 6) led to a fine bidding battle, finally won by telephone at €1,023,000.
Paris, 1966, Doctors Daniel and Marian Malcolm take refuge from the summer heat in the Grand Palais, where African art is being celebrated in an iconic exhibition staged by Léopold Sédar Senghor and André Malraux. It was love at first sight, and inspired one of the world's most admirable American collections of ancient sub-Saharan African art.
As a tribute to its universal beauty, Sotheby’s is presenting a selection of major works from the Malcolm Collection in two equally important sales: the first in New York on 7 May; the second in Paris on 22 June. The twelve pieces in the Paris sale represent half a century of judicious choices, with truly remarkable works from several stylistic corpuses. The power of an extremely rare Chokwe princess effigy is met with the same intensity by the striking modernism of a primordial Senufo ancestor statue from the former Carlo Monzino Collection, the formal inventiveness of a female Fang effigy from the Paul Guillaume Collection, and the extreme sensibility of the famous Baule double statue.
THIS AUCTION IS PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH HEINRICH SCHWEIZER