Zimbabwean 'Shona' Sculpture

End date Friday, 23 September 2022

A Celebration of the Unique Stone Carving Tradition of Zimbabwe -  A major auction of the country's leading sculptors

Whilst most of the traditional African tribal artefacts were crafted in less durable materials such as wood, Zimbabwean sculptors are unique in having access to various local stone mines over the centuries.

To honour the movement and to preserve the integrity of techniques crafted over generations the Shona artists continue to work using traditional tools and methodology. It also enables the sculptors to form a closer relationship with the stone they are carving, each of which have different properties. In a raw state many of the stones are very nondescript in appearance, rather like uncut diamonds but in the hands of a skilled carver the inner beauty in a myriad of different colours and natural striations is revealed. Sometimes the sculptor will leave some of the original surface of the stone providing extra textural contrasts.

Summers Place Auctions is now celebrating this phenomenon and the unique diversity of the sophisticated and powerful Zimbabwean sculpture with this online auction which includes works by three generations of sculptors including some of the most famous first generation sculptors as well as some of the most talented third generation ones and the best of the second generation artists

This is a Timed Online auction

Running from 1st September - 23rd September.

Viewing by appointment

Important Notice
This is an online Timed Auction running from 1st-23rd September.
Viewing is by appointment only


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Lots per page:

Total lots: 54

Lot Title Estimate Hammer price
48 Tonderai Sowa
Ebb and Flow
88cm high, 45cm wide, 40cm deep
£2,000 - £3,000 - View
49 Rufaro Ngoma
130cm high, 30cm wide, 34cm deep
£1,000 - £1,500 - View
50 Lawrence Tirivangan
154cm high, 33cm wide, 24cm deep
£1,200 - £1,800 £1,200 View
51 Tonderai Sowa
80cm high, 48cm wide, 36cm deep
£800 - £1,200 - View
52 David White
Woman of Authority
Springstone with inlays of Red Jasper
Leopidolite, Avocado and Dolomite Stone
200cm high, 140cm wide, 70cm deep
£10,000 - £12,000 - View
52a Tinei Mashaya
In Deep Thought
Opal Stone
72cm high, 24cm wide, 19cm deep
£600 - £800 - View

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