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82nd Tribal Art Auction

2016, February 27

2 pm
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Wed, Feb 24 to Fri, Feb 26 – 10 am to 7 pm
Sat, Feb 27 – 9 am to 1.30 pm

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The Rielau Collection

»Collecting African art is a challenge for instinct, intuition and intelligence«, Hans Rielau about his private collection (Lots 109 - 249) and collecting by itself. More about the growing of his collection and its sympathic collector can be read here. Discover the enigmatic masks and figures from the Rielau Collection more...

Tribal Art this month

Zemanek-Münster is pleased to announce the 82nd tribal art auction, featuring selected works for collectors and connoisseurs: The private collection more...

Lot 21, Indonesia - Java

Lot 21: Female half figure

Indonesia - Java

Price: 400 - 800 €

Lot 393, Nigeria, Izzi

Lot 393: Elephant spirit mask "ogbodo enyi"

Nigeria, Izzi

Price: 500 - 1000 €

Lot 319, Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Lot 319: Miniature mask "ma go"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Price: 600 - 800 €

Lot 97, Alaska - St. Lawrence Island, Inuit

Lot 97: Half of a container, 100 B.C.-200 AD, Old Bering Sea II period

Alaska - St. Lawrence Island, Inuit

Price: 1000 - 2000 €

Lot 326, Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Lot 326: Face mask "deangle"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Price: 2000 - 4000 €

Lot 396, Nigeria, Mama

Lot 396: Standing male figure

Nigeria, Mama

Price: 4500 - 9000 €

Lot 437, Cameroon, Mambila, Donga Valley

Lot 437: Rare couple of terracotta ancestor figures

Cameroon, Mambila, Donga Valley

Price: 800 - 1500 €

Lot 18, Indonesia - Timor

Lot 18: Expressive mask with anthropomorphic features

Indonesia - Timor

Price: 5000 - 10000 €

Lot 28, Indien - Arunachal Pradesh, Monpa

Lot 28: Mask "joker", 19th century

Indien - Arunachal Pradesh, Monpa

Price: 2000 - 3500 €

Lot 145, Nigeria, Yoruba, Illorin, Shaki

Lot 145: Male pair of twin figures "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Illorin, Shaki

Price: 2500 - 5000 €

Lot 409, Nigeria, Vere/Montol

Lot 409: Standing figure

Nigeria, Vere/Montol

Price: 1000 - 2000 €

Lot 49, Papua New Guinea, Iatmul

Lot 49: Male "mai" mask

Papua New Guinea, Iatmul

Price: 4000 - 8000 €


African Art – objects of great expressivness

The tribal art auction house Zemanek-Münster in Würzburg (est. 1978) specializes in fine tribal art. They have been involved in African art since the beginning of the nineties and have become Europe's only auction house specializing exclusively in non-European art. Serious collectors of high-quality, non-European tribal art from Africa, Australia, Oceania, and Asia as well as for Pre-Columbian, masks, sculptures, ritual objects, ceramics and textiles should start and end their search here.

The fascination – especially for African masks and sculptures - arises from their extraordinary and remarkable expressiveness. While ethnologists appreciate their ritual function, the art collector is focused on their aesthetic qualities. For both, the tribal art auction house holds auctions four times a year, featuring a variety of tribal art objects, especially works of the Luba, Baule, Lobi, Senufo, Songye, Fang and Punu tribes, as well as works from Oceania for the international market.

Since January 2011 Zemanek-Münster’s Pre-Columbian and Classical Art Department is now also based in New York. With expert Howard Nowes at the Upper East Side a long-desired co-operation is become perfect.

The company is now widely regarded for its professional qualifications, integrity, reliability and fairness in dealing with collectors and consignors in Europe and the United States over the past 20 years. Zemanek-Münster is the only auction house in tribal art that guarantee the authenticity and originality of their objects. These standards have qualified the auction house for admission to the Association of German Art Auctioneers (Bundesverband deutscher Kunstversteigerer or BDK) in April 2007.

For several years Zemanek-Münster has been represented with its associated Gallery for non-European Art at international tribal art shows, like the Tribal & Textile Art Shows in San Francisco and New York. Zemanek-Münster is also present in Maastricht at the tribal art exhibition "Art from another world" – a brand-new and prosperous show for non-European tribal art, that started for the first time in March 2011.