On 30th December, Artcurial will hold its prestigious sale A Moroccan Winter at La Mamounia, Marrakech, in duplex with Paris. It will feature Jacques Majorelle and his contemporaries, Modern & Contemporary Art, as well as Contemporary African Art.
The first chapter of these sales in Marrakech will be dedicated to Jacques Majorelle and the other Orientalist masters. Amongst the eighty lots in this year’s sale, there will be five works by Jacques Majorelle at auction, including an oil from 1920, Les couvertures noires which is estimated at €58,000 – 78,000 / MAD 600,000 – 800,000. In addition, five works by Etienne Dinet will be auctioned. In the inaugural sale in December 2019, Artcurial Morocco achieved a record price in Morocco for Le fils d’un Saint M’rabeth by Etienne Dinet which sold for €1,2M / MAD 13,2M, including premium. This year, the house is pleased to present an important painting by the artist: Fillettes dansant, estimated at €270,000 - 360,000 / MAD 2,900,000 - 3,900,000. Artworks by Bridgman, Herrera, Legrand, Girardet and Washington will also be presented in the auction.
On the occasion of the chapter dedicated to Modern & Contemporary Art, the house will offer works by exceptional international artists. Artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Matisse and Miró will be offered for the first time at auction in Morocco. The star of the sale will be the oil on canvas by Marc Chagall, Les amoureux au carré vert, which is offered with an estimate of €1,200,000 – 1,500,000 / MAD 13,200,000 – 16,500,000. A large pen and ink on paper by Pablo Picasso, Chevalier et picador dans l’arène, with an estimate of €200,000 – 300,000 / MAD 2,200,000 – 3,300,000, is another highlight of this sale.
The section dedicated to Contemporary African Art will honour modern artists that have a following amongst private collectors and institutions. A large piece by Pilipili (estimate MAD 130,000/190,000), the emblematic artist from the Congo’s famous arts centre Le Hangar, whose dreamlike representations of nature have recently caused a stir at auction in Paris, will come under the hammer. An exceptional tower, “Seattle” by the model maker whose Afro-futuristic dreams are realised in the form of imaginary pop towns, will also be presented. The emerging African art scene will also be presented, featuring Aboudia and his mixed media piece, in card and collage, with an attractive estimate of MAD 330,000 – 550,000. In order to pay tribute to particularly active female artists who are highly sought after in the contemporary African art market, the sale includes two textile pieces by the Angolan artist Ana Silva, as well as works by Adjaratou Ouédraogo, Lizette Chirrine and Joana Chomali. Finally, this section will close with emblematic photograpgs by the Malian artists Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta.
Thursday 30th December 2021 – 4pm
La Mamounia, Marrakech
Duplex from Paris
Fatima Zahra Mahboub
Tel. +212 5 24 20 78 20