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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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Lot 482, D. R. Congo, Pende

Lot 482: Face mask "mbuya"

D. R. Congo, Pende

Price: 800 - 1500 €

Lot 496, D. R. Congo, Songe

Lot 496: Power figure "nkisi" with turned head

D. R. Congo, Songe

Price: 4500 - 9000 €

Lot 7, Indonesia - Sumatra, Karo - Batak

Lot 7: Medicine receptacle "perminaken"

Indonesia - Sumatra, Karo - Batak

Price: 600 - 1000 €

Lot 45, Papua New Guinea - Middle Sepik

Lot 45: Overmodeled ancestor skull

Papua New Guinea - Middle Sepik

Price: 8000 - 16000 €

Lot 459, D. R. Congo, Luba

Lot 459: Anthropomorphic headrest "musamo"

D. R. Congo, Luba

Price: 18000 - 20000 €

Lot 319, Nigeria, Yoruba, Egbado

Lot 319: Pair of male twin figures "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Egbado

Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 201, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 201: Standing female figure "blolo bla"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 4000 - 8000 €

Lot 437, D. R. Congo, Kuba

Lot 437: Mug with handle for palm wine

D. R. Congo, Kuba

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 133, Liberia, Bassa

Lot 133: Miniature mask "ma go"

Liberia, Bassa

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 393, Cameroon, Bangwa

Lot 393: Post

Cameroon, Bangwa

Price: 8000 - 15000 €

Lot 525, Somalia, Somal

Lot 525: Shield

Somalia, Somal

Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 100, Nigeria, Yoruba

Lot 100: Slat doll "omolangidi"

Nigeria, Yoruba

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.