Two pieces linked to Mexico lead bidding in English auction house

Arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas sale brings together 580 lots in Salisbury

The English auction house Woolley & Wallis will restart the season for the sale of archaeological heritage in Europe. The bidding is led by two pieces linked to Mexico, whose individual estimate is between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds sterling (between 346,000 and 460,000 pesos, approximately).

The Arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas sale brings together 580 lots in Salisbury, with some 64 originating in our country, as well as objects from Peru, Costa Rica and other Latin American countries and hundreds from Africa, Oceania and North America.

In short, the firm expects to collect between one and a half million and 2 million pesos with the assets that it describes as created in Mexico.

The two pieces with the highest starting prices come from the mezcala culture, settled in the south of what is now our country. Two carvings in green serpentine stone. One is a mask, according to the auctioneer dated around 700 BC and 300 AD. The second is a figure of a seated astronomer.

In this auction, part of the objects come from the collection of the Swiss artist Romy Rey. Another one with the same origin will be developed in the near future. The English firm highlights the “collector with a broad interest, mainly in the arts of Africa and America. Figures and masks of different African tribes, highlighting their distinctive features, their power and their charm”.

Romy has developed paintings with a reinterpretation of the landscapes she has seen on her extensive travels; some represent familiar elements in varying scales and combinations or transform ancient or tribal items into imaginary settings.

His work is divided into the categories Ancient and tribal, Geometric, Dreamscapes and Landscapes. It is found in private collections in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Woolley & Wallis states on its website that the auction is about “a wide selection of pre-Columbian ceramics, stone and wood, a wonderful vision of the cultures of Mesoamerica, with pieces dating back 3 thousand years and the charming work of the Nazca potters of Peru.

This occasion’s offer includes part of the Virginia Bond Korda textile collection, with traditional creations from Africa, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Laos and Peru, as well as an interesting moai figure from the Easter Islands, a stool from the islands Cook and a bowai (cane-like weapon) from Fiji.

The historian and archaeologist Daniel Salinas Córdova comments to this newspaper that the pieces “range from Mayan stuccoes and Nayarit-style characters, to Teotihuacan masks and Zapotec figures. From the rest of America there are Moche and Nazca vessels from Peru, Quimbaya figurines from Colombia, earrings from the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica, among many other pieces from diverse pre-colonial indigenous cultures.”