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We Mask, Côte d’Ivoire

Estimate:

15,000 - 25,000 USD

John Richardson: A Scholar Collects

We Mask, Côte d’Ivoire

We Mask, Côte d’Ivoire

Estimate:

15,000 - 25,000 USD

Lot sold:

18,900

USD

John Richardson: A Scholar Collects

We Mask, Côte d’Ivoire


on a base by the Japanese wood artist Kichizô Inagaki (1876-1951), Paris

Height: 11 in (27.9 cm)

In weathered condition, as visible, but good overall. Insect damage and losses to the proper left half of face, more notably in the lower portion, and some to the proper right, probably from the mask having been discarded in situ. Old marks, nicks, scratches, and abrasions throughout. Holes remaining from removed attachments, as visible in the catalogue illustration.


Has Inagaki base, which is loosely assembled, but retains all original parts, including the pin.


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Paul Guillaume, Paris, acquired before 1918
Sir Jacob Epstein, London, probably acquired from the above
Christie’s, London, Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities and Primitive Works of Art of Africa, Asia, North and South America, Oceania and Australasia from The Epstein Collection, December 15, 1961, lot 86
Sir John Richardson, New York, acquired at the above auction
Marius de Zayas, African Negro Sculpture, New York, 1918, n.p., unnumbered plate
André Portier and François Poncetton, Les art sauvages. Afrique, Paris, 1927 (and reprinted in 1956), pl. XXXVII, cat. no. 62
William Fagg, The Epstein Collection of Tribal and Exotic Sculpture, London, 1960, n.p., cat. no. 131 (listed)
Ezio Bassani and Malcolm D. McLeod, Jacob Epstein, Collector, Milan, 1989, p. 18, fig. 15, and p. 85, cat. no. 42
The Modern Gallery, New York, African Negro Sculpture, January 26 – February 9, 1918
The Arts Council of Great Britain, London, The Epstein Collection of Primitive and Exotic Sculpture, March 25 – April 23, 1960