A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
African art bargains at Nahon auction.
Fang pieces are the most valued among African Art ethnic groups.
They are among the most mysterious ethnic groups, the most magical, most beautiful (?), certainly the most wanted! It is always been this way, it started with Paul Guillaume and it never ended since. In Paris Fang pieces sold around 300,000€- 400.000€ last month, but you could have bought good quality in Vence last Sunday for much less.
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At the Nahon auction you could have bought a good Fang piece for 60,000 euros . The African Art (approximately 35 lots) privileged the statuary of Gabon with 7 figures of Fang "reliquaires" which reflect a whole a different style, among which a very beautiful male figure of reliquaire Fang-Ntumu, ( lot 121, estimate: 50.000-70.000€ sold for 54.000€) and a rare Fang-Betsi statue collected in the years 1930 (lot 129, estimate: 60.000-80.000€ sold for 60.000€). A significant dance mask of Fang ex Arman , kaolin coating (lot 123, estimate: 100.000-130.000€ - did not sold) coming from the collection Jacques Kerchache ). Several pairs of male and female statues ibeji Yoruba (Nigeria) with a beautiful patina (see lot 118, estimate: 3.000-4.000€ sold 3600€) as well as a female Ivory Coast Senufo statue (lot 112, estimate: 25.000-30.000$ sold 32.400$) seduced the amateurs.
Art Moderne & Contemporain, Arts Décoratifs du XXe siècle, Art Africain et Livres Modernes [PF4098]
Pierre & Marianne Nahon started dealing contemporary art in the 70's in Paris at "Galerie Beaubourg".
They decided to stop the activities in Vence and sell everything even the 2500 m2 house .
Location : Vence château Notre-Dame- des-Fleurs, 2618, route de Grasse, 06140 Vence
Fang Mask, coll Nahon, ex Arman 40 cm, 15 3/4 in.
estimate: 100.000 €-130.000 € NOT SOLD
Cf. Dapper (1991: 83) for a stylistically related Fang mask of the ngil society.
It is difficult to make a precise attribution regarding the origin or function of this mask as there is no recorded information as to the date of its collection or observations made in situ. Moreover, there is a dearth of information on this vast region, which was difficult to reach between 1880 and 1930. However, based on the masks stylistic characteristics, it compares most closely to certain types of Fang masks.
According to Perrois (note of 9 November 1999), this mask "probably comes from the Fang of the northern region of Gabon, on the right bank of the Ogooué". Its style is similar to an "intermediate form between the ngil, ékekèk and bikeghe masks of the years 1920-1930 […]. The inside of the mask looks worn, with a wear-and-tear patina in keeping with the presumed date (1920). [This type of mask was used] during funerals, the end of mourning periods, initiations, anti-witchcraft group therapy, customary judgements, etc.".
According to Arman, who owned it, "[this mask is] an old object with characteristic traces of use that is of an excellent quality. In view of similar objects in collections or museums, we can describe it as a compact version of a ngil compared with the long ngils" (Arman, personal communication).
Sotheby's Paris to Auction the Marianne and Pierre Nahon Collection
On 18 July, Sotheby's is to sell off part of a collection belonging to Marianne and Pierre Nahon, the legendary owners of the Beaubourg Gallery. The gallery was founded in 1973 in Paris, but moved to the Chateau Notre Dame des Fleurs in Vence in the South of France in 1993. Set in a former Benedictine abbey, the gallery houses a collection containing African art, monumental sculpture and masterpieces of Art Nouveau, contemporary art, and the decorative arts.
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