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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 396, Nigeria, Mama

Lot 396: Standing male figure

Nigeria, Mama

Price: 4500 - 9000 €

Lot 456, D. R. Congo, Bembe

Lot 456: Figure group

D. R. Congo, Bembe

Price: 2000 - 3000 €

Lot 109, Sierra Leone, Sherbro

Lot 109: Male figure "nomoli"

Sierra Leone, Sherbro

Price: 600 - 800 €

Lot 382, Nigeria, Idoma

Lot 382: Container

Nigeria, Idoma

Price: 2000 - 4000 €

Lot 163, D. R. Congo

Lot 163: Elephant mask

D. R. Congo

Price: 2500 - 5000 €

Lot 464, D. R. Congo, Chokwe/Luena

Lot 464: Ceremonial chief stool

D. R. Congo, Chokwe/Luena

Price: 1800 - 3000 €

Lot 454, D. R. Congo, Bembe

Lot 454: Standing male figure "mukuya"

D. R. Congo, Bembe

Price: 2000 - 3000 €

Lot 64, Papua New Guinea - Middle Sepik

Lot 64: Beautiful old ancestor spirit figure "blaal"

Papua New Guinea - Middle Sepik

Price: 4000 - 8000 €

Lot 350, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 350: Mask "kpelié"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 800 - 1500 €

Lot 257, Sierra Leone, Mende

Lot 257: Sande society helmet mask "ndoli jowei"

Sierra Leone, Mende

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 451, D. R. Congo, Bakongo

Lot 451: Fragment of a ritual staff of the "khimba" initiation society

D. R. Congo, Bakongo

Price: 700 - 900 €

Lot 319, Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Lot 319: Miniature mask "ma go"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Price: 600 - 800 €


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.