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Transitional Art of the Tikar from Cameroon, David Zemanek, publication

New publication

The current publication "Transitional Art of the Tikar from Cameroon" by David Zemanek adds a new approach to the current restitution debate on traditional African art.

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Collection Piet Lepelaar, Leiden

Works from the Lepelaar art collection

His collection mainly includes great art works from Indonesia and the Asmat cultures, alongside masks and figures from the Central African Congo regions and Angola. Some of them seem to be similar humorous as his own works.

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Baule, Côte d'Ivoire

African and Oceanic Art

Sometimes it is very obvious, here and there it takes a little change of perspective, and the works unfold their entire masterful quality - and pull us under their spell.

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Baule, Côte d'Ivoire, asie usu

Collector's Items Sale

Whether it's provenance or starting price, there are surprising finds to be made in the Collector's Items Sale, including this wonderfully graceful Baule figure.

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Face mask "gu", Guro, Côte d'Ivoire, Meister von Gohitafla

Master of Gohitafla

This graceful and detailed mask from the Guro, modeled on a "beautiful woman", could be ascribed to the Master of Gohitafla who was active in the 1920s / 30s.

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Collection Rolf Huisgen, Munich

Art works from the Rolf Huisgen Collection

His credo: collecting is like science. You only have to expose yourself to art and science long enough and then again and again. That is the only way to get closer to knowledge. Like no other...

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Open Sale

Are you interested in antique art from Africa, Australia, Asia, Oceania and The Americas? In our depot you will find more than 515 tribal art objects from European collections, which you can directly purchase at the minimum price.

There is always something to discover!

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Stick amulet "korwar"
Lot: 3048059

Papua New Guinea - Geelvink / Cenderawasih-Bay

Shrine figure "ikenga"
Lot: 3048058

Nigeria, Ishan (Esan)

Figural carved stick
Lot: 3048056

D. R. Congo, Lulua


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96th Auction

Fine old art from Africa, Australia, Oceania and Asia. Art works from the Dutch Collection of Piet Lepelaar. The African Weapons Collection from Dieter Schaffner.

Tribal Art Timed Online Auction: Collector's Items Sale

Non-European art and ethnographic works from European estates and private collections End of auction: Monday, December 14, 2020

95th Tribal Art Auction

African, Oceanic & pre-Columbian Art. Art works from European private collections. Selected works of art from the collections of Günther Hartmann (Berlin), Rolf Huisgen (Munich), Knud Nielsen (Jelling) and Edmondo Trombetta (Monza)

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»Wurzburg - the tranquil underdog« was the title in a large German business magazine, that gave top ranking to the metropolis on the River Main in southern Germany in the fields of culture, science and business.

For experts of the tribal art market, Wurzburg is no longer an insider tip.

Wherever in the world non-European art plays a role, the name Zemanek-Münster in Wurzburg is on peoples lips.

The specialists have long been an international hub for the tribal art market, a hub though that proudly stands outside of the major art centres....

The numbers speak for themselves. 2,000 carefully selected works in four auctions per annum, many of which are from old private collections. This is only a small part when compared with the thousands of objects that we have reviewed over previous years whether that be on-site or at the auction house, that is in a former boilermakers workshop with a skylight roof.

We take our time ! Time for tribal art, for our customers and collectors, no matter how much experience they have. Building a successful collection cannot be done in passing but is a lengthy process of training the eye. There isn’t a fast-food recipe for this ! ...

We give you time ! Whether for consultations, estimates, assessments, or if you want to dissolve an estate. Our team of experts in Wurzburg, as well as our representatives in Antwerp and New York, are ready to support you with their knowledge and expertise.

You will find world-class Tribal Art in Wurzburg ! Since 2006, Zemanek-Münster has been listed in the 'Bundesverband deutscher Kunstversteigerer e.V. (BdK)'. It is a small select circle, for leading German art auction houses that have been chosen on recommendation.

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