not only reasonable estimates...many lots are according of the description offered without reserve.
A tendency coming from online-auctionhouses like Ebay seems to be established also at a traditional house like
Christies. I don´t know if it´s good or not. But I suppose it will not bring more transparency to the market.
The terrible ghost, the warning sign of "bidding against the wall" will probably never die.
Any how I trust Christie´s. The Wild West time of London auctionhouses is hopefully past.
Lot No 21
has a typical "restorer patina". Very fine, perfect for the market. But you will never find an object with a patina like this one,
if you are collecting African Art in Africa. Similar pieces are always high-valued and you can find them specially in USA.
Similar objects also from Sothebys are listed in nearly each auction.
Lot No 24
Is probably a replacement-mask, like most of these relativly new and decorative Mossi-Masks.
Pieces like this one you can sometimes also find at Ebay. It´s understandable that this mask has also no reserve.
But I am sure Christies could have pieces of better quality, if they would have good connection to a greater number of
Lot No 27 and many others...
It´s not quite understandable that Christies didn´t make photos of all objects in the visual time we are living in.
Lot No. 40 Bete mask
s. Lot No. 21it´s hard to find a shiny, perfect patina "in situ"....greetings to the restorer: He did a "good" work!
The Dan Guerre masks from George Way Harley seem to be extremly cheap.
Lot No. 46 also in a perfect condition. If a sculpture like this one with a sacrification-patina it would be unsellable.
But these pieces are also still collectable in Africa also for a much more reasonable prices. But they become rare nowdays and
there are many Baule copys in the market of a quality, which was unknown several years before.
Perfect, fine mask..Lot no. 52... at Sothebys it would probably estimated with 100.000 and more.
Good luck, Tim Teuten!
Am 03.12.2006 um 16:27 schrieb RAND:
African and Oceanic Art
7 December 2006, 2:00 pm
9 avenue Matignon, Paris
Details on the sale that includes a link to browse the online catalog:
Quite a few nice pieces at very reasonable estimates.
I haven't been to the Christie's website in quite a while but it appears they have made some big improvements.