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.
RB (Roger Bourahimou- Belgium) Nigerian Mumuye mask.
RB) A Mangbetu bark container and Nigerian Chamba figure
interior courtyard on rue des Beaux-Arts.
Flak) A Nigerian Mumuye figure.
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
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.
Lecomte next to an early Bamana maternity figure, also a catalog submission.
Abla et Alain Lecomte) Congo figure.
Abla et Alain Lecomte) Group of various Congoese figures.
Abla et Alain Lecomte)
Abla et Alain Lecomte) A whole displaycase was filled with Congo gems:
Songye, Yombe, Teke etc.
rue Guenegaud) Indian Heritage- Frederic
Rond: next to an 18th
century Lamaist trident (trisula). The only Asian gallery I was able to
Nepal Guardian figure, circa 18th century
Jatra terracotta Bhairav mask-like pot, Kathmandu Valley, ca.13th c.
India Chamunda terracotta head, Gupta dynasty ca. 4th century (TL
Rond) Durga mandala on canvas (wall) Nepal circa 16th century.
Kubjika wooden panel from Kathmandu Valley, ca.17th century. Group of
Bhutan lamaist masks including Ging
& Tsoling, and a
Snowlion wooden mask.
Nepal Guardian figure, circa 18th century.
century Western Nepal Fertility idols.
Rond) Detail of above.
Rond) Bhutan lamaist mask
of Tsoling, 19th c.
century Sarinda guitar, Bodo tribe of Assam.
window display of Gregg Baker Asian Art (London) Group of Japanese Noh
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.
rue des Beaux-Arts) Adrain Schlag.
quick lunch with collector Thierry Mackie from Nice.
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.
Jacques Callot) Michael Hamson Oceanic Art. Michael (left) chatting with
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).
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.
Hamson Oceanic Art) Group of early yam harvest dance staff's.
Hamson Oceanic Art)
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.
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.
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.
Conru) I'm estimating the scale of this was like 9-10 feet long (3.5
Conru) New Guinea middle Sepik River overmodeled human skull (Iatmul
Conru) 18th-19th c. New Zealand Maori female figure w/ trade bead eyes.
Conru) A very strong New Guinea Lower Sepik stone-carved male
figure. Kevin displayed it in a stand-alone case under glass.
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.
Mackley gallery) Like this Hawaiian Koa Bowl with countless repairs.
Wait, look at the bottom!
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
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
Guenegaud) I didn't get in there to see him this time. Darn.
least favorite street for noise and traffic. Watch out for the side
mirrors on the passing buses. Heads up and pay attention, no kidding!
Guenegaud) Philippe Laeremans
Laeremans) Interesting specimen. Probably an example of a
non-ceremonial shrunken head.
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