FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
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THE COLLECTION OF SIDNEY & BERNICE CLYMAN

FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR

Estimate: 2,500,000 - 4,000,000 USD

THE COLLECTION OF SIDNEY & BERNICE CLYMAN

FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR

Estimate: 2,500,000 - 4,000,000 USD

Lot sold:3,520,000USD

Description

FANG-BETSI ANCESTOR HEAD, GABON

19th Century


Wood, iron, brass, oil

Height: 11 ⅛ in (28.2 cm)

Condition Report

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Saleroom Notice

Please note there is a Guarantee and an Irrevocable Bid on this lot.

Provenance

Charles Ratton, Paris

James J. Sweeney, New York (acquired from the above)

Sotheby’s, New York, 18 November 1986, Lot 52 (consigned by the above)

William A. McCarty-Cooper, New York (acquired at the above sale)

Christie’s, New York, Important Tribal Art and Antiquities From the Collection of William A. McCarty-Cooper, 19 May 1992, Lot 133

Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Literature

Charles Ratton, Masques Africains, Paris 1931, pl. 14, illustrated

Georges Buraud, Les masques, Paris 1948, pl. X, illustrated

Claude Roy, Arts sauvages, Paris 1957, p. 69, illustrated

Claude Roy, Savage Art, New York 1958, p. 69, illustrated

Louis Perrois, La statuaire fan, Paris 1972, p. 337, pl. 166, no. 38, illustrated

Raoul Lehuard, “La collection McCarty-Cooper dispersée chez Christie’s New York”, Arts d’Afrique Noire, No. 82, Summer 1992, p. 17, illustrated

Sharon F. Patton, “Treasures: Aesthetic Discoveries and Visual Delights”, Tribal, vol. ix:4, no. 37, Spring 2005, p. 72, illustrated in color

Exhibited

Paris, Musée Dapper, Fang, November 1991 - April 1992, p. 121, illustrated in color

London, Royal Academy of Arts; Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau; and New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Africa: the Art of a Continent, October 1995 – September 1996, pp. 319-320, cat. no. 4.91b, illustrated in color

Greenwich, Connecticut, Bruce Museum, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, January - April 1999, p. 28, cat. no. 42, illustrated in color

Washington, D.C., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Treasures, November 2004 - August 2005, n.p., illustrated in color

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eternal Ancestors: the Art of the Central African Reliquary, November 2007 - March 2008, p. ii, illustrated in color, and pp. 206-207, cat. no. 48, illustrated in color

FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
THE COLLECTION OF SIDNEY & BERNICE CLYMAN
FANG-BETSI ARTIST | HEAD OF AN ANCESTOR
Lot Closed