Iconic Designs and Important African artworks on view in Hong Kong

Hong Kong | 29 March - 2 April
Launch Slideshow

Sotheby’s is pleased to exhibit in Hong Kong highlights from its upcoming Paris Important Design and African Art sales. Iconic design pieces by Lalanne and Line Vautrin from a Parisian collection alongside with African art pieces from the major collection of Marceau Rivière will be on view from March 29 to April 2.

Iconic Designs and Important African artworks on view in Hong Kong

  • Alfonse Mucha
    La Nature
    patinated bronze and malachite, circa 1900
    Estimate: € 450,000 – 550,000
    The masterwork of Alphonse Mucha and the epitome of Art Nouveau sculpture.
  • François-Xavier LALANNE
    Les Deux Grues
    bronze, 2008
    Estimate: € 70,000 – 100,000
    A perfect illustration of the wit and delicacy of François-Xavier Lalanne’s work.
  • Line Vautrin
    Aurore mirror
    talosel and mirrored glass – circa 1965
    Estimate: € 30,000 – 50,000
    One of the most beautiful example of Line Vautrin’s creative and singular work.
  • François-Xavier Lalanne
    Mouton noir
    patinated bronze and wool, 1992
    Estimate: €450,000 – 550,000
    A rare example with brown wool of François-Xavier Lalanne’s iconic Mouton de Laine
  • Baule mask, Côte d’Ivoire
    Metaphorical symbol of the moon, this round mask belongs to a very rare corpus of artworks appearing at the opening of Baule’s ceremonies. Height of the abstraction of human figure, the face is part of a perfect circle which respond, in echo, the half circles of the hair, the eyebrows and the eyes in a perfectly balanced shape. This mask illustrates the individual genius of an artist who knew how to draw in traditional repository of Baule’s art to create a timeless masterpiece.
  • Ysaure mask, Côte d’Ivoire
    Characteristic of Baule art, this work stands out as one of the masterpieces of the corpus of ndoma portrait masks. Closing the entertainment ceremonies, they magnified all the criteria of the Baule beauty whose treatment is here extremely meticulous. The finesse of the features of the face responds to the delicacy of the openwork headdress surmounted by a comb with four branches and stylized beard. Added nails and triangles of brass - substitute of gold - which magnify the quality of the sculpture.
  • Dan spoon, Côte d’Ivoire
    Major work of Dan art, this anthropomorphic spoon is the masterpiece of an ensemble already celebrated for its imposing proportions and its formal inventiveness. Symbol of dignity, it personifies feminine beauty, translating to perfection the fundamental criteria of Dan’s aesthetics, both in form and in the care given to the adornment. Transcending the classical characteristics of the corpus, the artist managed here to achieve the perfect balance of the formal relationship between work and object, between statuary and receptacle.
  • Guro, pulley, Côte d’Ivoire
    Major piece of its corpus, this heddle pulley superbly illustrates the essential expression of perfection placed at the heart of Guro art, transcended here by the monumentality of the work. The eloquent beauty uniting the criteria of the Guro aesthetic is reflected here in an intense way: narrow face with high convex forehead, complex hairstyle drawing on the forehead a pattern with serrated arabesque outline, narrow bridge’s nose exalted by the sensitive play of lines stretched towards the open mouth, with teeth delicately carved.

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