The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Paris, 9 January 2017
Majestic and beautiful looking twins, natives of Ishokun, Let me find means of eating, let me find means of drinking. Majestic and beautiful looking twins, come and give me the blessing of a child.
According to Yoruba legend, the ibeji—united and inseparable twins—were sent into the world by monkeys, whose knowledge of nature’s secrets surpassesthat of men. Regarded as sacred, they are venerated in a cult based on statuettes, the ere ibeji, which are commissioned from master sculptors by the families of the deceased twins. The eighty works from Benin and Nigeria presented in this book reflect the incredible stylistic diversity and beauty of these silent symbols of an ageold tradition—an eloquent expression of the creative potential of African art.
Paris, 1st September 2014
The Alain Lecomte gallery, Paris, has the pleasure to announce the presentation of the second part of Raoul Lehuard’s Bateke collection. Lehuard is the prolific author of an impressive collection of books on the Bakongos (Congo) and creator of the celebrated review “Arts d’Afrique Noire”.
This collection was in part amassed by Robert Lehuard, Raoul Lehuard’s father, who worked in Congo-Brazzaville between 1920 and 1930. These are important pieces, not in size, but the quality that emanates from them, evidenced by these “fetishes” that have remained intact since the time of collection in the early 20th century until today.
The collection of “fetishes” is equally as important historically and has remained at the Lehuard family home, having never been exhibited. These pieces will form part of the “Parcours des Mondes” exhibition at the Alain Lecomte gallery a quality exhibition matching that of the recent “Statuaire Babembé” and last [.../...]See more
Brentwood, 2 September 2013
As part of the exhibition “Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection”, to take place from 21st September until 28th October 2013, the Leslie Sacks Fine Art gallery in Brentwood is publishing a 320 page catalogue on Leslie Sacks’ collection of African art, which is to be edited by publishing house Skira.
The exhibition is to feature some 60 pieces, which have been examined and illustrated in the catalogue -a publication which is the fruit of nearly three years of work. The publication also includes 38 essays by 20 reknowned researchers in the field of African art, notably Karel Nel, artist and professor at the University of Witwaterstrand in Johannesburg, as well as a prefaces by Frank Herreman, former exhibition director at the Museum for African Art in New York, and Bruno Claessens, an art historian who specialises in African art. These pieces of writing are accompanied by over one hundred colour photographs by Donald Cole. It is hoped that the [.../...]See more
Paris, 27 September 2012
The new publication by Editions Scala was recently announced : Aboriginal painting, a book by Stéphane Jacob, Pierre Grundmann et Maïa Ponsonnet.
Since 1970 in Australia, thanks to the accessibility of canvas, innovatory and unclassifiable masterpieces are being created by the artists of the desert; the world discovered the local minorities, lost in the Bush: Papunya, Utopia, Yuendumu… as well as astonishing artists, old cowboys, 80 years old women, who paint without having ever received any fine arts education. This book portrays this amazing artists and poses the question about the place of Aboriginal art in the modern artistic world.
For a long time Aboriginal art was interesting only for primitive art and ethnography museums, now it has finally been discovered and makes an appearance in art museums, contemporary art exhibitions and private collections.
Stéphane Jacob runs the gallery “Arts d’Australie” and he is a member of the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en Objets d’Art et de Collection [.../...]See more
New York, 10 July 2012
On 4 October 2012, the Swann auction house will put up for auction a complete set by American photographer Edward S. Curtis. The lot has been estimated between $1,25m and $1,75m by the Fine Photographs & Photobooks department.
Consigned by famous bookseller John King, this set seems to be the sole complete version containing numerous photogravures signed by Curtis. This unique set includes 722 large-format photogravures on Japan tissue, with 111 signed plates – every image in Folios I, IV and V.
The accompanying 20 text volumes contain 1,505 heliogravures, four maps, and two diagrams produced by Lauriat from Curtis’ original copper plates.
Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was an American artist and photographer known for his images of Native-American tribes living west of the Mississippi. Including twenty folios and twenty text volumes, The North American Indian is one of the most amazing and ambitious photographically-illustrated books to have ever been produced.
The Swann Galleries was set up in 1941 as an auction house specialised in rare books. Today, Swann has developed and comprises several departments: Photographs, Posters and Prints & [.../...]See more