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|French Somalia Culture, Somalia|
This extraordinary work of art, with sweeping angles, carefully structured curves and beautiful alinear design, is thought to have once functioned as a chair for a child from a family of high standing within their tribe somewhere in what was once “French Somaliland”; in what was most likely modern day Ethiopia, Sudan, or Somalia. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, only tribal families of prominence, wealth, or royalty were owners of furniture of this quality. This chair goes beyond any normally established standard stool or chair and is a true work of art-- carefully crafted and featuring a design element of geometric hand-incised patterning stained for beauty with kaolin pigment. It is carved with exceptional care from a single piece of wood, arguably by a master hand, and was later painted and repainted with polychrome paint, which arrived in the region in the early 20th century. The white incised geometric design is filled with kaolin pigment stain, and the legs seem to be representative of animal legs, which could refer to a number of animals, ranging from antelope to giraffe. This is indigenous design of the highest quality; intentional asymmetry managed to create a single, unified work with form and function. A truly beautiful object. This extraordinary work of art, with sweeping angles, carefully structured curves and beautiful alinear design, is thought to have once functioned as a chair for a child from a family of high standing within their tribe. Only families of prominence or royalty were owners of furniture of this quality; it goes beyond a standard stool or chair and is carefully crafted and features a design element of geometric hand-incised patterning stained for beauty with kaolin pigment.
|Lot ID: 118|
|Low Estimate: $1,800|
|High Estimate: $3,800|
|Next Bid: $950|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), polychrome paint, kaolin pigment stain|
|Dimensions: 17'' (43.18 cm) height x 10'' (25.4 cm) width x 10'' (25.4 cm) length|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Other|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Furniture|
|Expertise: Phillips, "Africa: The Art of a Continent"; Visona, "A History of Art In Africa", Bacquart, "The Tribal Arts of Africa";|
|Provenance: Ex. Kapil Jawilara, UK; Exhibition History: Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts as antique and authentic and exhibited at BRUNEAF Brussels, January 2016 and Tribal Art London, 2015|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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