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Aftersale in progress

The aftersale of our 77th tribal art auction has been started. Some pieces are still available. Maybe you discover one piece or another to add to your collection.
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Views from the preview in Würzburg

Our auction house in Würzburg is now open for the preview - Snapshots from the auction rooms can be seen here ... more...


From the preview in Paris

At the 14th and 15th of June 2014, see more...


No modern art without Africa

For those who are seriously interested in "classical modern" art then there is no overlooking Africa. African and also non-European art heavily influenced the oeuvre of the twentieth century.
The objects being offered by Zemanek-Münster on the 28th June 2014 take this in mind. more...


Benin – A Kingdoms Masterpieces

[Lose 261-266]
Benin has always played a major role in the cultural and trading history of Africa. In retrospect the 15th and 16th centuries can be seen as the "Golden Age" of Benin.

Museum specialists such as Charles Read from the British Museum, Felix von Luschan [5], tutor at the "Königlichen Museum für Völkerkunde" in Berlin, and author of the three volume publication about Benin art that was first published in 1919 as well as dealers such as Charles Ratton in Paris were quick to acknowledge that these works were from Africa and that their exceptional quality was equal to European artworks. Without a doubt, "the race was on to acquire these valuable works of art". more...

Lot 519, D. R. Congo, Songe

Lot 519: Axe

D. R. Congo, Songe

Price: 250 - 500 €

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Lot 7, Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

Lot 7: Sword "mandau"

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

Price: 800 - 1500 €

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Lot 11, Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak

Lot 11: Bullet retainer "baba ni onggang"

Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak

Price: 300 - 600 €

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Lot 490, D. R. Congo, Lulua

Lot 490: Small male figure

D. R. Congo, Lulua

Price: 600 - 1200 €

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Lot 380, Nigeria, Yoruba

Lot 380: Two dance staffs "eshu"

Nigeria, Yoruba

Price: 800 - 1500 €

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Lot 495, D. R. Congo, Ngombe

Lot 495: Chieftains' knife

D. R. Congo, Ngombe

Price: 1000 - 2000 €

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Lot 47, Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Lot 47: Spear thrower "wawi a kaino"

Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Price: 250 - 500 €

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Lot 172, Burkina Faso, Lobi

Lot 172: Stool

Burkina Faso, Lobi

Price: 300 - 600 €

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Lot 79, Alaska, Old Beringsea Culture

Lot 79: Fragment of a polar bear

Alaska, Old Beringsea Culture

Price: 400 - 800 €

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Lot 164, Burkina Faso

Lot 164: Magical figure

Burkina Faso

Price: 700 - 1000 €

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Lot 54, Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Lot 54: Spatula

Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Price: 300 - 600 €

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Lot 179, Burkina Faso, Mossi

Lot 179: Zoomorphic mask "wan nyaka"

Burkina Faso, Mossi

Price: 300 - 600 €

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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.