Sotheby's African art sale to include work by the Master of Kasadi



2016-01-28 16:36:29

A Kongo Yombe maternity group by the Master of Kasadi is valued at $2m-3m in a major upcoming sale of African art from the collection of Daniel and Marian Malcolm at Sotheby’s.

It originates from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the late 19th or early 20th century.

The Master was an unnamed member of the Yombe tribe, who demonstrates extraordinary skill in their carvings.

The present lot was previously displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The lot is one of a specific type of statuette known as phemba that depict the bond between mother and child.

The Master of Kasadi is considered the greatest practitioner of these particular figures.

Jean Fritts, Sotheby’s international chairman of African & Oceanic art, explained: “The collection of Daniel and Marian Malcolm represents a lifetime of true connoisseurship in the finest tradition of our field.

“They assembled a wide collection of the highest quality as they shared the wonder of African Art with the frequent visitors to their home from both America and abroad, as well as the thousands who saw pieces from the collection in the many museum exhibitions to which they contributed.”

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