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78th tribal art auction

2014, October 18

2 pm
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Paris, Fernandez Leventhal Gallery,
Rue de Bièvre Nr. 8
Sept. 27th – 10 am open end
Sept. 28th – 11 am to 5 pm

Würzburg, Auction House
Oct. 15th until 17th – 10 am to 7 pm
Oct. 18th – 9 am to 1.30 pm

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Ivory works from the Lega
[Lots 439-452]

Ivory insignia of the ‚bwami‘ society more...

African Dolls from the Bofinger Collection, Stuttgart, Germany
[Lots 85 - 128]

The category »AFRICAN DOLLS« is showcasing 40 objects from the private collection of Brigitte and Wolfgang BOFINGER, Stuttgart, Germany. It features a wide variety of types, materials and shapes of dolls from the sub-Saharan regions. These dolls, most of which have been published, are a very accessible way of starting a collection of African figures. more...

Lot 204, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 204: Standing male figure "blolo bian"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 3000 - 6000 €

Lot 35, Papua New Guinea - Lake Sentani

Lot 35: Figural dance staff

Papua New Guinea - Lake Sentani

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 387, Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Lot 387: Figure of mother and child "lefem"

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Price: 8000 - 16000 €

Lot 46, Papua New Guinea - Wosera

Lot 46: Male ancestor figure

Papua New Guinea - Wosera

Price: 1000 - 2000 €

Lot 147, Mali, Bamana

Lot 147: Standing female figure "jo nyeleni"

Mali, Bamana

Price: 12000 - 20000 €

Lot 307, Nigeria, Ijaw

Lot 307: Figural carved headdress

Nigeria, Ijaw

Price: 6000 - 12000 €

Lot 116, Tanzania, Doe

Lot 116: Fertility doll "mwana hiti"

Tanzania, Doe

Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 69, Mexico

Lot 69: Three head sculptures


Price: 3000 - 6000 €

Lot 432, D. R. Congo, Ituri

Lot 432: Mask

D. R. Congo, Ituri

Price: 450 - 900 €

Lot 282, Nigeria, Afo

Lot 282: Standing female figure

Nigeria, Afo

Price: 8000 - 15000 €

Lot 430, D. R. Congo, Hemba

Lot 430: Ape mask "soko mutu"

D. R. Congo, Hemba

Price: 2000 - 4000 €

Lot 322, Nigeria, Yoruba, Ilorin, Oyo

Lot 322: Female twin figure "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Ilorin, Oyo

Price: 450 - 900 €


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.