2 december 2015: African and Oceanic Art Auction, Sotheby’s, Paris

Our African and Oceanic Art auction on 2 December will be led by works from the René and Odette Delenne Collection of Arts from Oceania, Cameroon and West Africa, a group which stands out for its forceful and bold aesthetic. Since the collection was formed in the late 1950s, the core body of the Congo sculptures has been kept at Cleveland Museum of Art. Many of the African pieces – including the exceptional figures representing Pokam, King of Batufam, and his wife Yugang – have been part of many major exhibitions. The Oceanic artworks, preserved within the privacy of the Delenne’s personal collection, reveal just as many gems, acquired from such illustrious sources as Jacob Epstein, Harry Geoffrey Beasley, Jules Dumont d’Urville and Jacques Viot. Central African Arts will also come to the fore in December with a majestic Luba dignitary cane, the crowning piece from the Frum Collection, and a remarkable, previously unknown Kota Ndasa reliquary figure.

Highlight exhibition in Paris:

Tue, 8 SEP 15 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CET
Wed, 9 SEP 15 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CET
Thu, 10 SEP 15 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CET
Fri, 11 SEP 15 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CET
Sat, 12 SEP 15 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CET