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The Rosenthal Collection of African Art at Kaminski

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Beverly, MA (PRWEB) April 21, 2014

Kaminski will present a second session of African Art and Artifacts, featuring a selection of items descendant from the Collection of Frieda Bojar Rosenthal collection. Descended directly from the family, these pieces represent the lifetime commitment of Frieda and Milton Rosenthal to collecting the best examples of African and Oceanic art.

Frieda Bojar Rosenthal and Milton Rosenthal began collecting African and Oceanic art in the 1960s, following the inception of the Museum of Primitive Art in New York. The couples buying focus was primarily with Sothebys during the 1960s. In the 1970s they continued to work with J.J. Klejman to build their already outstanding collection. Frieda went on to advise a number of museums, serving on the Board of the Brooklyn Museum from 1976 to 2004, working closely with the acquisitions committee.

Among the most highly anticipated items from the distinguished collection are a pair of Kota reliquary figures from Gabon. With diamond shaped bodies and concave facial plates, the figures are made from a combination of carved wood and applied metal sheets. They functioned as burial figures, and were believed to protect against evil spirits while also embodying the spirit of the deceased. These important figures are valued at $ 25,000 to $ 35,000 each.

An intricately carved door, originating from the West African Dogon tribe is also included in the collection. Fashioned from wood and wrought iron, the door depicts battling warriors, and bears the original carved lock. This spiritually important door and others like it were intended to block not only physical entrance, but also to safe-guard against evil spirits and harm. This exceptional artifact has been valued at $ 20,000 to $ 40,000.

A highly important Senufo female ancestor figure also stands out as one of the most highly valued and historically important pieces in the collection. Created by an unidentified Bamana artist, the figure would originally have been made with a male counterpart and used in ritualistic ceremonies to communicate with the divine spirit. Her form is strikingly articulated with slightly bent legs supporting a long torso and tense, square shoulders. The sloping facial plane features sharply carved browline, eyes, and nose, punctuated by a strong projecting chin. The historical significance and high quality craftsmanship build the value of this piece.

Image of the collection will be posted online April 25th at Preview for the sale will be held May 7th through May 9th at the Kaminski Auctions gallery in Beverly, Massachusetts. The sale will begin at 10:00am on May 10th, with online bidding available via Kaminski LIVE.


Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 25 auctions a year.

In todays highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Kaminski Auctions offers specialty departments in Asian Art and Antiques, Silver, Glass and Lamps, Couture and Vintage Clothing, Photography and Modern Design . We have highly trained and knowledgable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm at 117 Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts & by appointment at our San Diego and New York City locations. We welcome emailed photos of your items! Contact consignments(at)kaminskiauctions(dot)com.

We would like to thank all of our customers, consignors and friends for voting Kaminski Auctions #1 Best Auctioneer on the Northshore – Reader’s Choice Award! “Kaminski has earned its gold-star reputation by serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years. Specializing in the sale of Asian art and antiques, silver, glass and lamps, couture and thrift shopsing, photography, and modern design, the full-service auction house provides expert appraisal services. From its Beverly art gallery and historic barn comes a wealth of experience with fine art, antiques, and estates values.” – Northshore Magazine

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