Lot 98
  • 98

Dan Mask, Côte d'Ivoire

5,000 - 7,000 USD
12,500 USD
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  • wood
  • Height: 8 1/2 in (21.6 cm)


Reportedly Paul Guillaume, Paris
Leonard & Dorothy Elmhirst, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Devon, possibly acquired from Alex, Reid & Lefevre, London
The Dartington Hall Trust, gifted by Leonard Elmhirst, November 21, 1971
Sotheby's, New York, November 9, 1993, lot 60, consigned by the above
Cecilia & Irwin Smiley, New York, acquired at the above auction

Catalogue Note

Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst are perhaps best known for their collection of modern British art, which included works by Hepworth, Moore, and Nicholson, and for having founded the progressive Dartington Hall School, attended by Lucian Freud. Their collection, which appears to have contained little African art, included a number of works bought from Alex, Reid & Lefevre, the preeminent dealers of Modern art in London in the early 1930s. In May 1933 the firm held Primitive African Sculpture, one of the first exhibitions in London to present African sculpture as art entitled. The catalogue, which contains an unsigned foreword by Henry Moore, includes a large number of objects from Paul Guillaume, and the 11 illustrations are taken from his book Primitive Negro Sculpture. As the Elmhirsts were important clients of Alex, Reid & Lefevre it seems plausible that the present mask was acquired from the exhibition, which included nine Dan masks.