SENUFO COUPLE, CÔTE D'IVOIRE
Height of male figure: 12 ½ in (31.7 cm); Height of female figure: 10 ¼ in (26 cm)
Very good condition overall with wear consistent with age and use.
The female figure with an open age crack to the proper left side of the head, between the breasts, and inside the proper left hand, running down next to the proper left leg. Areas of insect damage to the proper right side of the head. The rear proper left leg of the stool broken and glued. Old loss to the proper right hand, as visible in the catalogue illustration.
The male figure's proper left arm broken just below the elbow, the forearm and hand probably a restoration. Upper part of the spear in the proper right hand is restored.
Both figures with marks, nicks, scratches, and abrasions in places throughout, consistent with age and use. Exceptionally fine lustrous dark brown rubbed patina. Freestanding.
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
Sidney and Bernice Clyman, Scarsdale, acquired from the above on April 5, 1973
Warren M. Robbins, African Art: the de Havenon Collection, Washington, D.C., 1971, n.p., pls. 95-96 (both figures)
Susan M. Vogel, African Sculpture: the Shape of Surprise, Greenvale, New York, 1980, p. 43, cat. no. 23 (both figures; listed)
William Rubin, ed., "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, New York, 1984, vol. 2, pp. 570 and 585 (male figure)
William Rubin and Ezio Bassani, eds., Primitivismo nell’arte del XX secolo: affinità fra il tribale e il moderno, Milan, 1985, vol. 2, pp. 570 and 585 (male figure)
William Rubin and Jean-Louis Paudrat, eds., Le primitivisme dans l'art du 20e siècle. Les artistes modernes devant l’art tribal, Paris, 1987, vol. 2, pp. 570 and 585 (male figure)
Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections, Survey 1989, Washington, D.C., 1989, p. 122, fig. 171 (male figure)
Mary N. Nooter, Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals, New York, 1993, p. 103, cat. no. 30 (male figure)
William Rubin, ed., Nijisseiki bijutsu ni okeru purimitivizumu : buzokuteki naru mono to modan naru mono to no shin’ensei, Kyoto, 1995, vol. 2, pp. 570 and 585 (male figure)
Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., African Art: the de Havenon Collection, May 30 - October 3, 1971 (both figures)
C.W. Post Art Gallery, Greenvale, New York, African Sculpture: the Shape of Surprise, February 17 - March 30, 1980 (both figures)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, September 27, 1984 - January 15, 1985; and traveling: The Detroit Institute of Arts, February 26 - May 19, 1985; Dallas Museum of Art, June 23 - September 1, 1985 (male figure)
Museum for African Art, New York, Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals, February 13 - August 22, 1993 (male figure)