Christie’s Auction CatalogueTitle: Visions of Humanity :Theexceptional sale Date of Sale: July 2015Venue of Sale: LondonLarge scale 67 pageGlossy Colour Catalogue Beautifullyphotographed Catalogue with clear colour photographs for each piece and listingswith full details including provenance where known. wide variety of pieces coveringantiquities from around the world including large collection from Africa ,Rome, This Cataloguewould be of great interest and great reference source for Collectors,Dealers, Students, Teachers, Scholars, Academics, Artists, Set Designers,Interior Designers, Costume Designers, and anyone who is interested in theHistory, Art, Culture, Craftsmanship and beauty of Christie’s pioneering sales platform, inaugurated in2008, continued to welcome international bidding for works united by the commonthemes of rarity, provenance, craftsmanship and beauty. Strong prices were alsorealised for: group of works representing differing visions of humanity, fromAntiquity and Africa, which were led by 19th century Luba female figure for abowstand, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which set the second highestprice at auction for an African work of art and the world record price atauction for Luba figure; During the early years of the last century, most of the leading artists oftheir generation lived and worked in Paris. They regularly exchanged ideasabout art, philosophy and humanity and how best to explore the human conditionin their paintings and sculptures. The greatest of them were heavily influencedby past visions of humanity as expressed in classical and primitive sculpturefrom distant parts of the world. In turn, these titans of 20th century artwould influence future generations of artists that followed them and continuedto focus on the human form in contemporary painting. They were inspired by theidealised human forms of the antique, which they called archaic, and thepersonification of the supernatural in the abstraction of African art.
Some, like Auguste Rodin and Aristide Maillol, and perhaps moresurprisingly Pablo Picasso, admired and were inspired by the certainty ofclassical antiquity – those cultures which produced extraordinary sculpture andfigural painting that flourished around the Mediterranean littoral in thedawning of the civilised world. Introduction Visions of humanity Africanand Ancient influences on 20th century ArtLot DescriptionA Luba Female Figure for Bowstand Democratic Republic of Congo, circa 1880 Attributed to the Warua Master 25 1/2 in. (64.4 cm.) high Lot DescriptionA ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF AN ATHLETE CIRCA 1ST-2NDCENTURY A.D. Over-lifesized, standing in contrapposto with his weight on his right leg, hisleft advanced, his shoulder slightly twisted accentuating thepowerfully-modelled body, the right arm raised, the left lowered and projectingforward, the musculature of the body well modelled with front pectoral andstomach muscles 37 in. (94 cm.) high Lot DescriptionA BRONZE FIGURE OF BACCHUS
AFTER MICHELANGELO, FRENCH, 17TH CENTURY On an integrally cast naturalistic base and later octagonal wood pedestal; witha warm brown patina and lighter high points with traces of reddish lacqueracross the surface 18 ¼ in. (46.1 cm.) high; 21 ¼ in. (54 cm.) high, overall Lot DescriptionA CHOKWE COMMEMORATIVE FIGURE OF WARRIOR CHIEFANGOLA, WOOD 18 ½ INCHESLot DescriptionTHE YVES SAINTLAURENT ATHLETEA roman marble torsoof an athleteCirca 1st-2ndCentury AD Please be aware that you are bidding for the Catalogue ofthe sale and not the actual sale items. The Catalogues themselves arecollector’s pieces as they are printed in small quantities by the AuctionHouses and are fairly expensive to buy. They are full of unusual, historical,collectable, expensive, irreplaceable pieces and are useful for interestreference and inspiration.
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