Lot 58 (Garden, Natural History & Tribal Auction, 12th June 2018)

£45,000 - £60,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (ex. VAT)

Lot details

Tribal/Ethonographic: Mother and child sculpture, Mabea, Cameroon, 1920’s-1930’s 82cm, Standing Fang Mabea Maternity of Museum quality, holding a pestle with both her hands. The mother’s head is slightly turned to the left, while the child, which she carries on her back, has his head turned to the right. Her left leg indicates a walking movement, which is not frequent for African sculptures. The eyes are inlaid with glass, the mouth has fine metal teeth and her hair dress, in leather, is fixed with indigenous little nails. The statue has a brown patina typical for the region. The statue dates from the beginning of the 20th century and is supposed to be made for a Colonial Exhibition in France. , Provenance: R. Caillois (1913-1978), writer, sociologist and member of the “Académie Française” initially owned the Sculpture. He was in contact with Andre Breton in the 1930s and befriended Salvador Dali, Paul Eluard and Max Ernst. He breaks with the Surrealist movement in 1935 and starts the magazine ‘Inquisitions’ with Tzara and Aragon. After his death the sculpture stays in the family. P.Ratton certifies the sculpture, owned by the widow (second wife) of R.Caillois on the 27/10/1995. I dispose of the original of this certificate. Barones Josephine Sloet tot Everlo owned the sculpture until the 31/12/2014., Certificate P.Ratton


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