des Beaux-Arts) Opening night.
context for the Parcours fair is that it is a concentrated burst of
business and activity for the street level galleries, but only once a
year. Local dealers lament how the crowds and enthusiasm vanish quickly,
and how the normal year round "quiet" quickly resumes when the
fair ends. But, for one week this fair is a lot like an old fashion goldrush. Things are being discovered, sold and stolen.
All this excitement and activity attract, the good, the bad and the ugly. The
good dealers display their best shine while customers stake their claims,
buying and reserving objects. Ready to make their move, however, are
predators, scammers and grifters are waiting.
arriving, I immediately began hearing how some unfortunate collector had
like 6 Maori hand clubs stolen from a French base maker. He
had carefully selected his favorites from his collection to mount for
display, so he could enjoy them more. Now they were gone.
I was having lunch with a customer and the topic of the theft came
up. He said to me, "yes, I'm sick about it and I must go
to the police afterward to file a report"!! I too was sick to learn it happen to someone
I consider a friend. In summary, be real aware, since some people in town
have ugly motives like theft.
Schoffel - Art Premier) Opening night. That's Serge's wife Lulu next to a
Leopard sculpture from Benin.
Schoffel) Serge was at it again in this large gallery space. The
massive size of the New Guinea ceremonial trade axe was staggering.
Schoffel - Art Premier)
Schoffel - Art Premier) I'm really struck by
their tenacity and passion. This time they had a headdress exhibit which
easy to like: "Coiffe de plumes rouges defalim".
Schoffel - Art Premier) Headdress exhibit cont.
Schoffel - Art Premier) Headdress exhibit. A very special
example of a New Guinea bridal headdress from the Iatmul people called an ambusap.
A desirable one with mask-like faces on the back and richly
embellished with shell and trade bead wealth adornment.
Schoffel - Art Premier) Maori Canoe prow- Ex. Freddy Rollins collection.
As a dealer we don't know if we'll own a piece 12 days or 12 years. I
almost bought this same prow 12 years ago but Serge got it instead. I
still love it and know he does too. Where would you go to find another
one for sale if you wanted?
Schoffel - Art Premier)
Schoffel) challenging lighting conditions....
but the surface on this Papuan Gulf Gope board was amazing. It was
an example made of tree bark. Its
among the oldest I've seen, having a multi-generational use patina and surface.
Schoffel - Art Premier) This old Kenyan Kikuyu shield was groovy. This was
published in a large ambitious catalog they did for the fair having abundant
Flak) Opening night American Indian gallery.
Opening night. On the rectangular table (left to right), a Mangbetu harp, a
rare New Guinea drum from the Torres Straits, a carved Austral Island Paddle and
a Marquesas Island U'U club on the wall.
to our question, is Entwistle bigger than Sotheby's African and
Oceanic Art department? Some think they have been for years. What other dealer has a larger staff, having two
gallery/ office locations (Paris and London) and gets the highest majority of
pieces before they go to auction? What other dealer-team is more
effective at securing important pieces worldwide at auction and privately? What other dealer is
currently brokering the
sale of collections rumored to be over 100 million euros to the biggest Tribal Art buyer
in the market? Entwistle!
It's widely known
in the community that Bobby
and Lance brokered the sale of The Ziff Collection to a Billionaire Greek
businessman/ collector. Congrats! Entwistle, as advisor, closely worked with Bill Ziff to assemble
his collection to begin with. So, perhaps its no surprise that they
were entrusted to sell the collection they fundamentally helped form?
many important works of art are sold "privately" that will never be
seen in a Sotheby's or Christies auction catalog? More than you can ever imagine.
Exterior window display. Attention-grabbing Polynesian treasure trove.
Exterior window display. Look at the quality of the Whale tooth ivory inlays on
this early Fijian Ula club! A great piece can broadcast its splendor and
across the street. This piece did it so well.
Ferrandin) With a stunning Southern Philippine Shield from Mindanao.
Ferrandin) Backside of above with relief-carved pass through arm handle.
Murray) with new offerings and always a crowded gallery.
Murray) His collection of various celts, hand axes, and projectile points.
I would tell the housekeeper not to dust each one of them.
de Grunne) Had a number of pieces of exciting quality, rarity and
age. That New Guinea stone-carved Sawos hook on his window was a
favorite piece. It had wonderful scale and was very soulful.
It was one of his Parcours catalog pieces. Looking at it in person
was memorable and a blizzard of an art experience.
de Grunne) There was a third Luba stool that was not in frame.
In person, their quality was stunning. Since this was my first time ever
allowed to take photos, I didn't want to overstep.
de Grunne) Finally, this mask almost knocked me over after seeing it. A New
Guinea Torres Strait mask of large volume and proportions.
& Curieux) Look at the scale of the PNG Lake Sentani food dish next to
the slender New Ireland Malagan figure.
& Curieux) Never seen one before. This was a small New Guinea
Astrolabe Bay body shield, worn over the chest. It offered protection from
arrows. If you doubt its age, look
at the patina on the back (below).
& Curieux) backside of above. Encrusted patina from generational use.
& Curieux) I had never seen one of these either... As I recall, he
told me it is a rare Middle Sepik Club. The spine of a Crocodile and the
head of a Hornbill bird?
de Buck - Tribal Arts) Both of us looking out to wet streets
again. It poured rain all of Wednesday and most of
de Buck - Tribal Arts) Jo
(center) Blue Jacket. To his left browsing the gallery is dealer Francois
de Buck) Songye Kifwebe mask.
de Buck) A large Kongo or Yombe figure.
de Buck) An old encrusted African Mambila mask I believe.
Claes) This is Didier's brother Alexandre. He
next to a large attractive wicker Azande Congo shield near the entrance.
Claes) This time they were exhibiting in the large gallery at 12 rue des Beaux-Arts
which was occupied for years by Albert Loeb. This gallery sees a lot of turnover at
the Parcours and is in demand for important exhibits requiring ample
Claes) Just a sampling of Didier's fine Ivory Coast combs "Galerie
La Forest Divonne" exhibition. He sold the "entire
collection" on display to a single buyer prior to opening. During the
fair, I understand he sold one other piece.
Claes) A Buyu figure- Congo.
Claes) Congo Fetish. A real favorite.
Jacques Germain) Exhibiting at the cool Art Deco/ modernist furniture
gallery of Alain Marcelpoil.
Jacques Germain) A Paris moment. Jacques Germain (right)
standing with a collector from Cologne Germany, making a statement in a purple plaid suit
with silver sneakers. I understand he shares the same tailor as
Marc Felix....we may see more of him later?
Jacques Germain) He published an 8th volume of his catalog for the
items in the exhibit. He has great taste.
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