Property from the Estate of Jan Mitchell
TWO COLOMBIAN GOLD FIGURAL ORNAMENTS, TOLIMA OR QUIMBAYA REGION CIRCA AD 500-1000
Heights: 1 ¾ in (4.5 cm), 2 ⅜ in (6 cm)
Both in very good condition overall. The larger figure with slight casting overflow in the upper headdress. Good details overall on both figures.
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.
Lempertz, Cologne, December 14, 1966, lots 1821, 1822
Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired at the above auction
Thence by family descent
Julie Jones, Precolumbian Art in New York: Selections from Private Collections, New York, 1969, unpaginated, cat. no. 159 (both figures)
Julie Jones, Heidi King, The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, New York, 1985, pp. 154-5, cat. no. 36 (both figures)
The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, Precolumbian Art in New York: Selections from Private Collections, September 12-November 9, 1969
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, New York, May 9-August 11, 1985
The lost-wax casting of gold ornaments was mastered in ancient Colombia by 500 BC. Minute details and important body ornamentation were not overlooked even on small figures such as these pendants. Their outstanding slender noses show bead ornaments, and the slit coffee-bean style eyes impart a trance-like expression. They each wear double belts, necklaces and have elaborate bifurcated spiralled headdresses, one with an extension rising above. For a similar figure from the John Wise collection, designated from the Quimbaya region, see Sotheby's, New York, May 15, 2015, lot 19.