Bonhams African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art department offers a wide range of unique and traditional works of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the islands in the Pacific and from Central and South America. Objects include ceremonial and religious items created for the elite as well as utilitarian and specialised items for daily use within the culture including figurative sculpture, masks, reliquaries, shrines, architectural ornaments, clubs, shields, vessels, stools, neck rests, instruments, body adornment and many daily utilitarian objects.
Bonhams is the only international auction house with sales solely devoted to Oceanic Art. Collections and selected works of art from Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Indonesia and Australia are included in these auctions which take place bi-annually in June and December in San Francisco. Collections of African art and Pre-Columbian art are presented as single-owner collections. Whether a single work of art or an entire collection, Bonhams provides complimentary valuations for auction and will provide the most professional and prompt service to both buyers and sellers.