Important American Indian, African, Oceanic and Other Works of Art Auction

| March 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the sale of Important American Indian, African, Oceanic and Other Works of Art from the Studio of Surrealist painter Enrico Donati, which will be sold as a single-owner collection 14 May 2010 at 2pm. Comprising approximately forty lots of works from Donati’s New York studio housed in the landmark Gainsborough Building on Central Park South, the sale will be exhibited alongside the various owners sale of American Indian Art at Sotheby’s New York galleries beginning 8 May.

Leading the selection of works on offer is An Important and Rare Eskimo Polychrome Wood Mask, Yup’ik or Anvik (est. $300/500,000). The mask would likely have been used for both festival dancing and shamanistic activities, however its specific meaning remains an enigma, the mystery of which is part of the strong attraction Donati and his Surrealist compatriots had for Eskimo art during the middle of the 20th century. The shaman would have gripped the mask in his teeth using a bar on the reverse, thereby transforming himself into another being while still retaining features of his own body and creating a magical world with fluid, shifting identity. The sale will also comprises more than 15 Hopi kachina dolls, ranging in value from $4/6,000 to $25,000/35,000, and including some very rare examples including a superb Snake Priest kachina. Mr. Donati acquired some of the dolls directly from the tribal source, having been a frequent visitor to Hopi and Zuni in the early part of the 20th Century.


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