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A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden

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Parcours des Mondes was a big Show!

Parcours des Mondes is getting mature. The 4th edition of Kaos was the best ever. Most dealers showed only genuine pieces, or did fine thematic exhibitions ( Lobi, Burma, abstract masks, ...) This made people more confident to buy, and so I saw tens of red dots. 

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Also, in France, the new "defiscalisation" law that allow companies that expose art to the general public to deduce 0.35 % from their benefits, added to the good mood from the French buyers. So I saw French business captains like Louis Schweitzer (Renault) or Mr. Mrs.Bernard Arnault (LVMH) walking around with ... their body guards.
And they bought. I have heard that some pieces like a Hemba sold for 1,000,000 euros.
Also, this year the Americans came back on a buying trip.
 
There were more participants than ever with more than 50 dealers. The price level was strong, but so was the quality of the pieces on offer.
Very fine pieces on view, indeed, with dealers from  France (Valluet, Monbrison, Dulon, Ratton-Hourde, Bovis, ..), England (Entwistle, Bacquart, Conru), Australia, Belgium (de Buck , Christiaens, Visser,, ...) , Canada ( Jacques Germain) , Spain (Arte Y Ritual, Giltsoff,...), Italy (Manfredi, Somare) , Switzerland ( Fröhlich ) and the USA  (Pace, Tambaran, Dimonstein,  ), etc...
 
 

Auctions

October 17th Tribal and Pre-Columbian Art Auction in Los Angeles.

 e.g.: lot 279. Mali, Dogon, a old and impressive monkey mask. Carved from
heavy wood, the mask has two large rectangular eyes and pointed snout. Nice
patina. Rare! L: 12".    $500
Illustrated catalogue on-line and available in hard copy . Featuring the Lowell Collins Collection of African Art!
http://maltergalleries.com/auctions/oct2004/page2.html
 
Below is the link to Ebay Live bidding for our October 17th 2004 auction.
It has thumbnails of all of the lots, and this way interested bidders can bid from around the world at real time as the auction takes place!
http://pages.liveauctions.ebay.com/catalogs/catalog6352.html

Contact us for more information!!!
- Malter Galleries Inc. 17003 Ventura Bl. Ste. 205 Encino, CA 91316 U.S.A.
Phone (818) 784-7772 http://maltergalleries.com/auction.htm
mailto:mike@maltergalleries.com, please mention that you found us through www.african-antiques.com

Pandora's box on fakes.

by Jos Maseland, a new member of the discussion group
 
Dear List Members,
 
I am a newcomer to this list and haven't had time yet to go through the extensive history of discussions as they have taken place here in this Forum and I certainly do not want to open a Pandora's box on fakes.
I live in Africa and I am visited on a regular basis by ....                         read Pandora Box on fakes
 

Fairs

Historic Indian & World Tribal Arts: Washington, DC
more than 45 Exhibitors. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution
Avenue, NW - blocks from NMAI Washington, DC
Hours:  October 16 & 17 (Sat & Sun) Preview Sat.:  10 AM-Noon (35$) Weekend
Admission (10$) Sat.: Noon - 6 PM Sun.: 10 AM - 5 PM
Contact organizer Barry M. Cohen at Email Barry M. Cohen 703-914-1268.
 
 

Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam

 
28,29,30 and 31 October 2004

This will be the second Tribal Art Fair in Amsterdam organised by two Amsterdam dealers Finette Lemaire and Willem Zwiep. There will be around 15 mainly Dutch dealers who will show Tribal Art from Africa, Oceania and Asia. The fair is held in an impressive 18th century church and the contradiction of Tribal Art in the religious iconography makes this event very special.
The fair shows objects from many different areas and is not only interesting for collectors but also for people who are just started to be interested in tribal art.

Opening times
28 October 18.00 – 21.00
29, 30 and 31 October, 11.00 – 18.00

Location:
De Duif
Prinsengracht 756
Amsterdam
for a route description and other information:
http://www.gallery-lemaire.com/mainframe.asp?f=special
admission Euro 4,50 (till 12 year free)

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Open door Invitation

If you happen to be in Antwerp on Saturday 16, 23 or 30 October you are welcome to come and see my new acquisitions from 12 AM - 6 PM
David Norden St Katelijnevest 27    B2000 Antwerpen Belgium      tel +32 32273540
 

New items

I was very successful and had good comments about my new site http://www.buyafricanantiques.com/, and especially with the weapons section.

Find below a few new added items:
 

A fine Banda hearth shaped The Banda throwing knife shown is one of the rarest types made by such Banda tribes as the Langbase and Yakpa of the Central African Republic.
The hearth shapes are nicely engraved with a pattern depicting water. The
handle is of leather stitched over small wooden sticks. This old piece
is definitely from the 19th century.

High: 44.5 cm

Price: 1300 euros

 
Please give us a message preferably a specified one, if you don’t find in our presentation what you are really looking for.
As we have many sources at our disposal, we will try and find the specimen you want.
You may leave us a picture or a reference to any book illustration you like.

 

 

Mbangu mask. Central Pende. Bandundu, Zaïre. Wood, pigments, fibre.32 cm

A fine old sickness Pende mask. 32 cm. This kind of mask inspired Picasso for his "demoiselles d'Avignon"

Price: 1,500 euros

 

This mask falls into the category of mbuya masks, which are used to represent different characters. This one, mbangu, represents a cursed man, someone who has been struck by sickness or has had deformities cast upon him by sorcerers. Although his face shows signs of nerve paralysis, features characteristic of the Katundu style in the Pende region are still apparent: note the eyebrow line in the shape of an inverted "W"; the triangular nose and pointed chin. 

The mask comes from the Central Pende region in the Bandundu province, south of Zaïre. 

The mask shows that a curse can strike — like lightning — without warning. Onlookers see one of their own kind who has been rendered powerless, unable to shake off the curse that has struck him. 

In the past, mbuya masks were used to mark the end of circumcision rituals but today they play a more festive role. Within a group, actors take turns to dance and set the stage for different characters to appear: the chief, the lawmaker, the hunter, the village flirt, the priest, the witchdoctor, etc. Each is characterized by a specific dance step and a distinct rhythm. Mbangu appears as a hunchback who has been struck by an arrow. The masked dancer develops the dance in concert with the audience, who mock him while at the same time chanting an accompaniment. 
Provenance: Colonial collection. Collected before 1952.

Sincerely,

 

 

David Norden, African Art, genuine Antiques, masks and statues, African Tribes and discussion group.
St Katelijnevest 27
B2000 Antwerpen Belgium
tel +32 3 2273540
www.african-antiques.com  

www.buyafricanantiques.com

 

To learn more on African art buy The Tribal arts of Africa 

It contains more then 800 illustration and basic explanation making it easy to recognise and put attributions on African art items.

 

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