S otheby’s is pleased to present the very first international online sale dedicated to the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas: SCULPTURE.
Paying homage to the genius of the anonymous artists who created them, the works selected for the Paris session, whether archetypal or previously unknown, brilliantly illustrate the diversity of the creations from these continents. The collection will also demonstrate the importance of the first major Western collectors, from Charles Ratton to Louis Carré and Josef Mueller, who at the beginning of the 20th century shed light on these arts from distant lands. Three pieces from the iconic collection of Pierre and Suzanne Vérité will also be part of the sale.
A Magnificent Selection of Sculpture from Africa, Oceania and the Americas
The body of Polynesian weapons is one of the most diverse and sophisticated in the world. From Fiji to French Polynesia, New Zealand and the Cook Archipelago, this arsenal encompasses a vast repertoire of different shapes and ornaments.
The Paris session of SCULPTURE has the great honour of presenting a remarkable set of weapons from two private French collections. The exceptional quality of these objects reinforces the fact that, more than mere weapons, they are also prestigious objects, products of the hierarchical societies in which they were created, as well as fascinating works of art.