Lot 96
  • 96

Kongo-Vili Female Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Estimate
60,000 - 90,000 USD
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Description

  • wood, glass
  • Height: 8 3/4 in (22.2 cm)

Provenance

Raphaël Stora, Paris
Gerard Stora, New York, by descent from the above
Pace Primitive, New York, acquired from the above
Myron Kunin, Minneapolis, acquired from the above on November 29, 2011

Exhibited

Pace Primitive, Paris, "Small Wonders", KAOS: Parcours des Mondes, September 12 - 16, 2007
Pace Primitive, New York, A Collection of African Figures, September - October, 2007

Literature

Pace Primitive (adv.), KAOS: Parcours des Mondes, Paris, 2007, p. 120
Pace Primitive, Fall 2007: A Collection of African Figures, New York, 2007, pp. 22-23 and cover

Condition

Good condition for an object of this type and age. A section at the back of the integrally-carved base is broken in four pieces, one extending into the proper right heel, and glued back together with all original pieces. Minor stable hairline age cracks to the front of the body. Narrow age crack to proper right side of head. An insect hole in the top proper left front of cap. Round area of chipped surface encrustation to top front right of cap. Point surmounting coiffure is restored. Area of insect damage to front of abdomen below proper right breast. Surface coated. Marks, nicks, scratches, and abrasions consistent with age and handling. Fine dark glossy reddish brown patina with encrustation in recesses. Square metal sleeve embedded underneath proper left foot for attachment to base (no base present). A round 'Pace Primitive' label underneath with "54 - 3107".
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
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