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FANG ANCESTOR FIGURE, GABON

Estimate:

250,000

to
- 350,000 USD

FANG ANCESTOR FIGURE, GABON

FANG ANCESTOR FIGURE, GABON

Estimate:

250,000

to
- 350,000 USD

Lot sold:

475,000

USD

FANG ANCESTOR FIGURE, GABON


Wood

Height: 17 ½ in (44.5 cm)

Very good condition overall for an object of this type and age. Minor nicks, chips, scratches, and abrasions in places, and a few very minor losses. An area of old insect damage to the top of the support post/tenon at the rear of the figure, and some insect damage to the underside of the buttocks. An area from just to the proper left side of the post/tenon to the proper right thigh is broken and glued. A stable open age crack to the back of the figure on the proper right side, as visible in the catalogue endpaper (photograph also online). Exceptional patina with areas of encrustation, particuarly to the back of the head and the back, and thick remains of ritually applied patina, liquid in some places. Has base.


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.

Gaston de Havenon, New York

de Quay-Lombrail, Drouot Montaigne, Paris, Collection Gaston de Havenon - New York, June 30, 1994, lot 33

Henri Ronald Nasser, New York, acquired at the above auction

American Private Collection

Sotheby's, New York, May 6, 1998, lot 215, consigned by the above

Sidney and Bernice Clyman, Scarsdale, acquired at the above auction with the assistance of Merton D. Simpson, New York

Warren M. Robbins, African Art: the de Havenon Collection, Washington, D.C., 1971, n.p., fig. 182

Allen Wardwell, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1999, p. 22, cat. no. 30

Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., African Art: the de Havenon Collection, May 30 - October 3, 1971

Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, January 31 - April 18, 1999