EDITORIAL REVIEW:  2015 PARCOURS des MONDES TRIBAL & ASIAN FAIR

"Slice of the Parcours" 

 

(Text and photos by Michael Auliso)

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There seems to be more wealthy collectors (some billionaires even) partnering with tribal art dealers as "backers" to buy up the major collections and high profile masterworks.   Compared to Contemporary Art, tribal it is probably a rewarding arena for that collector who is able to spend relatively little to control much.  It is interesting to see how the market is being reshaped in this way.  Prior to this, often buyers of important pieces might not have been known for a considerable time. 

 

Galerie RB (Roger Bourahimou- Belgium)  Nigerian Mumuye mask.

 

           

(Galerie RB)  A Mangbetu bark container and Nigerian Chamba figure

 

An interior courtyard on rue des Beaux-Arts.

 

 (Galerie Flak)  A Nigerian Mumuye figure.

 

(Galerie Renaud Vanuxem)  Tough spot lighting, but an old-school Indonesian Dayak painted fighting shield.  It was from the bygone ear of headhunting and the days of the chief's Longhouse. 

 

 

(4 rue des Beaux-Arts) Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte.  Group of Bamana chi wara's.  Example on the far right was one of his catalog pieces.

 

Alain Lecomte next to an early Bamana maternity figure, also a catalog submission.

 

(Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte)  Congo figure.

 

(Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte)  Group of various Congoese figures.

 

(Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte)

 

(Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte)  A whole displaycase was filled with Congo gems: Songye, Yombe, Teke etc.


(21 rue Guenegaud) Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond: next to an 18th century Lamaist trident (trisula).  The only Asian gallery I was able to cover. 

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond)  Western Nepal Guardian figure, circa 18th century

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond) Indra Jatra terracotta Bhairav mask-like pot, Kathmandu Valley, ca.13th c.

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond) Northern India Chamunda terracotta head, Gupta dynasty ca. 4th century (TL tested).

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond)   Durga mandala on canvas (wall) Nepal circa 16th century.   A Kubjika wooden panel from Kathmandu Valley, ca.17th century.  Group of Bhutan lamaist masks including Ging & Tsoling, and a Snowlion wooden mask.

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond)  Western Nepal Guardian figure, circa 18th century.

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond)  19th century Western Nepal Fertility idols.

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond) Detail of above.

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond) Bhutan lamaist mask of Tsoling, 19th c.

 

(Indian Heritage- Frederic Rond)  19th century Sarinda guitar, Bodo tribe of Assam.

 

 

The window display of Gregg Baker Asian Art (London)  Group of Japanese Noh masks.

 

(3 rue Visconti) Galerie Patrick Frohlich- Zurich.  This fine Fang Byeri was his catalog piece, provenance too long to mention.  An all around great guy to do business with.  No ego, attitude or BS from Patrick.

 

 

(3bis, rue des Beaux-Arts) Adrain Schlag.

 

 (Adrain Schlag) Senufo Ointment jar

 

            

 (Adrain Schlag) Dogon Figure

 

 

 A quick lunch with collector Thierry Mackie from Nice. 

 

 

(rue de Seine) Galerie Serge Schoffel-  A Veracruz Mexico carved stone classic period "Coati", a critter related to a Raccoon.  He looks like a rat to me but didn't smell like one.  

 

 (Galerie Serge Schoffel) Congo Figure.

 

 

(rue Jacques Callot)  Michael Hamson Oceanic Art.  Michael (left) chatting with Patrick Morgan. 

 

(Michael Hamson Oceanic Art)  Exhibition:  "Art de L' Abelam".  Selection of Yam masks.  Until now, I had not seen examples incorporating "doll heads" into their construction (third from left).  

 

(Michael Hamson Oceanic Art)  Another example (left).  I'm assuming these are porcelain from the German colonial period, also when porcelain "dog teeth" were widely made and traded to the natives. 

 

(Michael Hamson Oceanic Art)  Group of early yam harvest dance staff's.  

 

(Michael Hamson Oceanic Art)

 

 

(27 rue de Seine)  Kevin Conru (right) next to an Easter Island splayed male figure.  Kevin's gallery is a "must see" since he's guaranteed to bring some art that will dazzle and amaze.  

 

(Kevin Conru)  This 70 cm male Congo power figure was his catalog piece.  A long provenance and publication history including Helena Rubinstein, James Willis, and Myron Kunin. 

 

(Kevin Conru)  A full size complete, Middle Sepik Sawos skull rack (Ex. Friede Collection).  Yes, those riser spikes are for displaying human skulls.   This important and impressive example had many of us talking when recalling exciting material.

 

(Kevin Conru)  I'm estimating the scale of this was like 9-10 feet long (3.5 meters)!

 

(Kevin Conru)  New Guinea middle Sepik River overmodeled human skull (Iatmul people).

 

(Kevin Conru)  18th-19th c. New Zealand Maori female figure w/ trade bead eyes.

 

(Kevin Conru)  A very strong New Guinea Lower Sepik stone-carved male figure.  Kevin displayed it in a stand-alone case under glass.

 

(16 rue Guenegaud) (Michael Evans Tribal Art/ Brant Mackley gallery) While Mike and Brant share the gallery as they do with Bruneaf they have individual catalog ad submissions.    You always must see what Mike and Brant are into.  They'll usually have something fresh you haven't seen.

 

(Brant Mackley gallery)  Like this Hawaiian Koa Bowl with countless repairs.  Wait, look at the bottom!

 

(Brant Mackley gallery)  Brant displaying the bottom.  Honestly, this 18th century prestige calabash was OFF-THE-RAILS!   And that's kind of the essence of "The Parcours" experience, when in that moment, you tune into some unexpected object that leaves you spellbound.   I saw Brant a couple days later and he had of course, sold it.  As I recall, it was from the Diker Collection.  

 

(Michael Evans Tribal Art)  A fine and lavish New Guinea bilum bag with attached shell wealth and trade beads.  As I recall from the East Coast region?  

 

 

 (rue Guenegaud)  I didn't get in there to see him this time.  Darn.  Probably my least favorite street for noise and traffic.  Watch out for the side mirrors on the passing buses.  Heads up and pay attention, no kidding!

 

(rue Guenegaud) Philippe Laeremans

 

(Philippe Laeremans)  

 

(Philippe Laeremans)   Interesting specimen.  Probably an example of a non-ceremonial shrunken head.

 

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