African and Oceanic Art
Lempertz has a long tradition of selling art and artefacts from Africa, the Pacific, and North America since its first dedicated sale almost thirty years ago. From ritual masks and ceremonial figures to weapons, costume, body ornaments and everyday objects such as bowls and spoons. The creative output of the indigenous peoples of Africa and Oceania is characterised by intense immediacy of expression and liveliness. African and Oceanic art has a long history of reception in the West: Many artists of the Modern period were influenced by traditional art of the Pacific, Africa and North America and today it is still a source of inspiration for contemporary artists.
Would you like to purchase an authentic work of art from Africa, the Pacific and the Americas? Do you have questions about a specific lot or do you need trustworthy expertise? Our trained experts can provide you with the reliable help you need. Combining their passion with years of experience and comprehensive specialised knowledge, our experts are available to answer your questions via email or telephone.
Based in our prestigious Art Nouveau premises in Brussels, our sales of Art from Africa, the Pacific and the Americas are known for their diversity and broad scope. Close to the historic neighbourhood of the Sablon, one of the major centres of the non-european art market where many galleries specialised in the field are located, our regular auctions coincide with international fairs and attract buyers from around the world. In addition, Lempertz is the only auction house curating prestigious thematic exhibitions of objects from private collections.
Would you like to sell a work of art from Africa, the Pacific or the Americas? As an experienced auction house we can guarantee you the right framework: Only in auctions with the necessary outreach is it possible to attract enough potential customers to achieve the highest possible price. A contact form is available if you wish to make a non-binding inquiry.
A New Ireland Uli figure formely owned by the Expressionist painter, Otto Dix, was sold for € 1 098 000 (incl. buyer's premium); world record prices were achieved for a Korwar Ancestor figure from New Guinea sold for of € 128 100 (incl. buyer's premium), and a rare Amazonian Waura mask for € 38 440 (incl. buyer's premium). A large decorated door, probably originating from a Nupe palace was sold for € 22,320 (incl. buyer's premium), and a brightly painted Tolai dancing staff from Papua New Guinea achieved € 57,040 (incl. buyer's premium), and a rare war shield of the Sulka people from the collection of the Austrian printmaker and painter Carl Otto Czeschka brought a record result of € 111,600 (incl. buyer's premium).