UK Auction Features International Artist's Collection Of Ibeji Figures Geoffrey Key is widely regarded as one of the most important artists working in Britain today. A collector of African tribal art, his vast collection of Yoruba Ibeji figures will be sold on July 11.
life. I collected them for the love of owning them and to satisfy this illness that is collecting, Moving house means it's time to let someone else have the pleasure of enjoying them."
The Geoffrey Key Collection, which will be sold at Peter Wilson's Nantwich auction room on July 11, is expected to raise a total of around £20,000. It comprises almost 100 lots of single or pairs of figures, both male and female, with estimates starting at £50.
However, a pair of male and female figures attributed to the master Abogunde of Ede (fl. 1900-1925) is estimated at £1,000-1,500. Each of this pair of figures wears neck, waist and wrist bands of beads which represent gifts from the family on the children's birthday. Purchased by Mr Key from the Mark Eglinton Gallery in 2005, the figures were exhibited in the UN Building in New York in 2003.
Notable elsewhere in the collection is a hardwood from the Congo, modelled with a crouching female figure, the seat resting on her head and raised hands, which is estimated at £3,000-5,000, while most amusing is a carved wooden face mask from the Ivory Coast with two pairs of horns, one upturned, the other downturned, which one Peter Wilson porter was only too happy to model (see picture).
The collection can be seen on-line at www.the-saleroom.com and during the public view for the auctioneers' Summer sale of fine art and antiques at Victoria Gallery in Market Street, Nantwich, on Sunday July 8 from 2-4pm; Monday July 9 from 10am-5pm; Tuesday July 10 from 10am-4pm and on the morning of the sale from 9.00. The sale starts at 11am.
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