AFRICAN & OCEANIC & PRE-COLUMBIAN ART

Showplace is actively buying a wide range of ethnographic art including African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art pieces.

Have a piece from our list? Not sure what you have? Or don’t see your item or artist on the list? We’ve got you covered! Send us a picture (insert link to sell with us) or contact one of our representatives today at 212-741-8520 or at sell@nyshowplace.com. We are actively seeking other items of similar age, style, and decorative design.
Showplace buys African masks; African sculptures; African textiles; African jewelry and beadwork; Tribal Art including artifacts and objects associated with various African tribes, such as fertility statues, divination tools, and ritual items; African ceramics and pottery, metalwork including brass, bronze, or iron sculptures and jewelry; textile arts including woven rugs, tapestries, and baskets; contemporary African photography; and contemporary African art.
Oceanic art refers to the artistic traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands, including Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Collectors value Oceanic art for its cultural significance, craftsmanship, and aesthetic appeal. Here are some of the most collected types of Oceanic art: Woodcarvings: Intricately carved wooden sculptures, masks, and figures are highly sought after. These can represent ancestral spirits, deities, mythological beings, or cultural heroes. Shields and Weapons: Decorated shields, spears, clubs, and other weapons showcase the artistic skills and symbolic meanings of Oceanic warfare and defense traditions. Canoe Art: Elaborately carved canoes, prow figures, and model canoes are collected for their association with seafaring and navigation traditions in the Pacific Islands. Tapa Cloth: Tapa, also known as bark cloth, is made from the inner bark of trees and decorated with intricate patterns and designs. It is collected as both traditional and contemporary artwork. Storyboards: Storyboards or narrative boards are carved or painted panels that depict traditional stories, legends, or historical events. They often consist of multiple scenes arranged in a sequential narrative. Sculptural Adornments: Objects such as headdresses, masks, necklaces, and armlets made from materials like shell, bone, or feathers are collected for their ceremonial and decorative purposes.

Ritual and Ceremonial Objects: Items used in religious and ritual contexts, such as ritual bowls, staffs, drums, and figures, are valued for their cultural and spiritual significance. Bark Paintings: Paintings created on tree bark with natural pigments depict ancestral spirits, totemic animals, or mythological narratives. Bark paintings are unique to specific regions within Oceania. Navigation Charts: Elaborate maps or charts made of sticks, shells, or other materials, known as stick charts or rebbelibs, represent traditional Pacific Island navigation techniques and are collected for their cultural and historical value. Body Adornments: Jewelry, tattoos, and body decorations made from shells, feathers, pearls, or bones are highly collected for their craftsmanship and traditional significance. Mats and Baskets: Intricately woven mats and baskets, often incorporating natural fibers, are collected for their utilitarian and artistic value. Stone Carvings: Stone sculptures, such as ancestor figures or stone tools, highlight the skill and artistry of Oceanic artisans and are highly sought after by collectors. These are some of the most collected types of Oceanic art, reflecting the diverse artistic traditions and cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands. Each type carries its own unique significance, symbolism, and artistic techniques, making Oceanic art a captivating and sought-after category for collectors and art enthusiasts.

Pre-Columbian art refers to the artistic traditions of the indigenous cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Collectors value Pre-Columbian art for its historical significance, cultural representation, and artistic quality. Here are some of the most collected types of Pre-Columbian art: Pottery: Ceramic vessels, often intricately decorated with geometric patterns, human and animal figures, and mythological motifs, are highly collected.

Different regions had distinctive pottery styles, such as the Moche, Maya, and Nasca cultures. Sculptures: Stone sculptures, including freestanding figures, relief carvings, and steles, are sought after for their artistic quality and portrayal of gods, rulers, warriors, and mythological beings. Gold and Silver Artifacts: Precious metal objects, such as jewelry, masks, pendants, and ceremonial ornaments, showcase the exceptional goldsmithing and metalworking skills of Pre-Columbian cultures like the Aztecs, Incas, and Chimu. Textiles: Woven textiles, often made of cotton or wool, feature intricate patterns and designs.

Examples include Andean textiles with vibrant colors and intricate weaving techniques. Jade and Stone Carvings: Carved jade and stone objects, including figurines, pendants, and ceremonial objects, are highly valued for their symbolism, craftsmanship, and association with rituals and elite status. Mosaics: Mosaic artworks made from shell, stone, or other materials depict religious symbols, mythological scenes, and human figures. Examples include the Aztec feathered serpent mosaic and the Mixtec codices. Metates and Grinding Stones: Stone tools used for grinding grains and other materials, often adorned with carvings or decorative motifs, are collected for their functional and artistic qualities. Figurines: Small-scale figurines made of various materials, such as clay, stone, or metal, depict human figures, animals, or mythological beings and provide insights into daily life and religious practices. Masks: Ritual and ceremonial masks made from wood, stone, or other materials are collected for their artistic quality, symbolism, and cultural significance. Architectural Elements: Architectural fragments, such as carved lintels, doorways, and stelae, provide glimpses into the grandeur and artistic achievements of Pre-Columbian civilizations like the Maya and Olmec. Codices and Manuscripts: Handwritten or painted books on bark paper or animal skins, known as codices, depict religious rituals, historical events, and astronomical knowledge of Mesoamerican cultures. Ceremonial Weapons: Decorated weapons, including spears, clubs, and ceremonial blades, often made of stone or metal, highlight the martial traditions and craftsmanship of ancient American cultures. These are just a few examples of the most collected types of Pre-Columbian art. Each type represents the remarkable artistic achievements and cultural diversity of the indigenous civilizations of the Americas. It is important to note that collecting Pre-Columbian art should be done responsibly, ensuring adherence to legal and ethical guidelines regarding the acquisition and preservation of cultural heritage.

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Linda Schaub
Linda Schaub
2024-06-18
Highly recommend Showplace Fine Art & Estate Buyers! They are consummate professionals. They know their business, they are knowledgeable, and treat their customers with courtesy. Working with Andrea and her team was a great experience. She reviewed and evaluated all of the pieces, and offered a very fair price. I was very impressed and would definitely call on them again.
Wendy Kohnenkamp
Wendy Kohnenkamp
2024-06-07
Showplace was wonderful to work with - they responded to my requests quickly and made what could have been a difficult process very easy and successful. Andrea and her crew arrived on time and were a pleasure to work with. She gave informed assessments of all items and offered a fair price on the spot. There were many items with some of them being very heavy and her crew expertly moved and loaded them into the truck. I was extremely happy with the entire process. I highly recommend Showplace Fine Art & Estate Buyers for both your selling and buying needs.
Ken Gill
Ken Gill
2024-06-05
These folks bought from a personal collection of paintings. The artists were somewhat obscure but Shawn and the rest of the team did a great job coming up with the best offer possible. Great place with people who are easy to work with (they pick up the art!), and fair dealing. I recommend you show them your art if you are looking for a buyer.
carl sandler
carl sandler
2024-05-30
Showplace was quick to make me a reasonable offer and then to follow through with excellent communication. Pick up was efficient and easy. Payment was quick. Would highly recommmend as an easy way to sell vintage midcentury modern furniture in NYC.
Jeff Constable
Jeff Constable
2024-02-29
We had an excellent experience with Showplace. They came highly recommended by an appraiser who was helping us evaluate the artwork of my brother’s estate. Showplace provided a quick turnaround in providing a reasonable price for the entire collection. They efficiently and professionally packed up all the artwork and wrote us a check in one day.
Katie Hustead
Katie Hustead
2024-01-29
First, the showroom in Manhattan is stunning and anyone looking for a unique piece or two to glamorize their home should make this a stop. But, more importantly, we have worked professionally with Showplace many times, for years, and can heartily recommend them. We help clients downsize and we are always looking for places interested in buying. The Showplace staff is responsive, professional, and friendly.
Joanne Arroyo
Joanne Arroyo
2024-01-02
We had a fairly large storage unit with over 1000 pieces art and related items from an estate that needed to be picked up. The men who did the moving were AWESOME! They were organized, efficient and very speedy, yet careful. They cleaned up so well, taking everything (trash included) that the unit is already "broom clean". I was totally impressed. The 2 members of the staff of Showplace I dealt with on the phone, Shawn and Andrea, were great, too! -- They were friendly made things so much easier than I was expecting.
J. Jay Mautner
J. Jay Mautner
2023-12-16
I was left alone in an UES apartment. How was I going to downsize to a one BR assisted living apartment? A moving management professional suggested I contact Andrea Baker at Showplace. Glad I did. Andrea acted quickly, but with no high pressure tactics. She came and took pictures, made a lot of notes, and got back to me the next day with an offer. The items I wanted to get rid of ranged from ordinary household stuff, furniture, fine china and bric-a-brac, art by Joan Miro, sculpture by Silas Seandel and a large collection of Steuben animals. Her offer was acceptable, and a move out date was set. Everything that was being taken away was marked with a color coded label. Andrea arrived on time on moving day with her assistant and moving team. Everything that was going was packed and loaded on to their truck. The whole process left me with a good feeling even though most of my possessions were going bye bye. Another nice thing. I had a sculpture that I wanted to ship to my daughter in Idaho. Andrea Took it and arranged to have it packed and shipped for me with no extra handling charge or commission.
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