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|Bamelike, Cameroon Composition: wood, clay (stablizing, applied agent to center of stool), pigment stain|
Dimensions: 14" (35.56 cm) height
Provenance: A true diamond within the auction, which one rarely finds these days, is an ancient, figurative royal stool from Cameroon published in an extremely important text, by a very important Dutch photographer, Martien Coppens. Carbon dated by Rafter Laboratories to the mid-1800s (original test included with the stool for the buyer), this extraordinary sculpture is a figurative prestige stool from the collection of Martien Coppens. It possesses a patina that over time has become so incredible that it appears to be clay or intentionally textured wood. The stool is in remarkable condition for its antiquity. During the period or Mr. Coppiens ownership or perhaps briefly in the subsequent ownership of a private Dutch collection a small bit of clay was added to the inside to keep the center from decomposing; this clay (which closely matches the color of the wood) remains on the inner portion of the stool although it cannot be viewed from the front, sides or rear of the stool. Due to the age of the stool, it has been recommended to us that the clay not be removed.
As to the function of this piece, “in Cameroon seats, in particular, were the prerogative of royalty. Only a ruler could sit on a seat depicting an animal. Certain carved wooden stools are reserved for important people in Western Cameroon: the Fon (king), chiefs, Ma Fo (a powerful female), and certain nobles. Some stools are for everyday use and others are used during the meetings of traditional societies. Stools are carved from one piece of wood. Plain stools are used by commoners and may be given away or sold, but stools that include certain symbols cannot be disposed of so easily. The royal throne or stool, even when empty, still represents the Fon, and is therefore regarded with deep respect.
Nobles do not sit on ordinary stools. When an appropriate stool is not available, they prefer to stand. For this reason, stools are sometimes carried from place to place. Sometimes a stylized design and the poor condition of a stool may obscure the ownership and restrictions. (source: “More Than a Seat: Numbers and Symbols in the Cameroon Grasslands”, Gutek, Andrzej, Dept. of Mathematics, Tennessee Technological University, 2004)
Published: Coppens, Martien, “Negro Sculpture, A Photographic Approach”, 1975
|Lot ID: 137|
|Low Estimate: $12,000|
|High Estimate: $22,000|
|Next Bid: $7,500|
|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, clay (stablizing, applied agent to center of stool), pigment stain|
|Dimensions: 14'' (35.56 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Cameroon|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Other|
|Further reading and expertise: Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Phillips, Africa: The Art of a Continent; Visona “History of Art in Africa”|
|Provenance: Ex. Martien Coppens, Holland, Published, "African Sculpture", Coppiens|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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