John Okladek (1929-2015) was a premier collector of art objects and was occasionally even consulted by Sotheby's and/or Christie's relative to some of his art expertise.  An aficionado of African art, ever since his college days at Pratt Institute, John amassed an impressive and desirable collection.  Muriel (1931-   ) often chose pieces that uniquely suited her tastes, which has added to the breadth & variety of this collection.

This collection has not been on display for approximately forty years.


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Presented for the first time at auction this private collection of desirable African and Oceanic masks, figures, and other important artifacts.


Fetish, Maternity, Religous, and Spiritual, examples will be featured.  


Bidding will be held at our Stone Ridge, New York location, and online through and

All listings are gaurenteed as stated in the description.

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Well? Worn!

An indication of an authentic worn mask is the wear pattern – not on the outside only but on the inside.  Depending on the type of mask have several vital parts to look at and all based on the shape of the mask.  The example shown is probably the earliest mask in the collection we are cataloging.  As you can see from the images the patterning of contact wear is correct.  Side of cheeks, and nose.  Just as you saw in our first post with the holes, the ability to produce a wear pattern is difficult, not impossible, but difficult. 

So just to recap wear – color and wood wear.

Know the Hole

One of the things we look for when authenticating an African Mask to determine if it is authentically used are the string holes.  It is hard to reproduce the type of wear that you see in this image. 

This is a Salampasu Mask - Democratic Republic of the Congo. Auction Estimate: $7,400 - $8,200

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