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97th Auction
2021-11-06

Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbia
Fine old art from Africa, Oceania, Asia and America. The Munich private collection of Dr. Walter Grasser. The Dutch collection of Piet Lepelaar (Part 2).

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97th Auction
Provenance Size Hammer price
Jack Nelis, The Hague, The Netherlands (acquired in Beijing in the late 1990s) H: 9.1 inch 900 EUR
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German Private Collection, Rüthen H: 8.1 inch 1900 EUR
Lot: 3
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Herbert Egenolf and Elizabeth Danechild, Ukiyo-e Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany / San Francisco, USA (1986) 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR
Lot: 4
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H: 9.4 inch 400 EUR
Tibet / India, Arunachal Pradesh, Monpa
Lot: 5
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H: 9.1 inch 450 EUR
Lot: 6
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German Private Collection H: 17.1 inch 1500 EUR / 3000 EUR
India, Naga, Konyak
Lot: 7
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B: 15 inch 1000 EUR
Nepal (West) - Karnali
Lot: 8
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German Collection H: 19.5 inch 1500 EUR / 3500 EUR
Nepal (West) - Karnali
Lot: 9
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German Collection H: 28.5 inch 2500 EUR / 3500 EUR
West Nepal, Magar
Lot: 10
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Louis Nierijnck, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Berry de Bruijn, Breda, The Netherlands (Nr. 207)
H: 12.8 inch 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR
Indonesia - Borneo, Kalimantan, Ngaju or Benaq Dayak
Lot: 11
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Philip Goldman, London, Great Britain
Bruce Frank, New York, USA
H: 3.9 inch 800 EUR
Lot: 12
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Karob Collection, Boston, USA
Craig de Lora, New Jersey, USA
H: 3.1 inch 800 EUR / 1600 EUR
Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak
Lot: 13
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German Collection, Munich
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 31 October 2015, Lot 5
Lemaire, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
H: 3.6 inch 400 EUR / 800 EUR
Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak
Lot: 14
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Laurence Rathsack (1920-2008), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA H: 12.2 inch 400 EUR
Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak
Lot: 15
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Laurence Rathsack (1920-2008), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA H: 8.1 inch 1000 EUR / 2000 EUR
Indonesia - Moluccas (Northern), Halmahera
Lot: 16
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German Private Collection, Rüthen H: 29.3 inch 900 EUR
Indonesia - Northern Moluccas, Halmahera
Lot: 17
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German Private Collection, Rüthen H: 33.9 inch 950 EUR
Indonesia - Sulawesi, Gulf of Tomini or Kulawi
Lot: 18
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German Collection H: 42.9 inch 2500 EUR / 5000 EUR
Indonesia - Sulawesi, Toraja
Lot: 20
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H: 8.1 inch 250 EUR
Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak
Lot: 21
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Austrian Private Collection (coll. in situ in the 1990s) H: 66.9 inch 6000 EUR / 12000 EUR
Philippines - Ifugao
Lot: 22
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Austrian Collection H: 5.9 inch 700 EUR
Philippines - Ifugao
Lot: 23
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Austrian Collection H: 18.5 inch 1600 EUR
Philippines - Ifugao
Lot: 24
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Austrian Collection H: 17.5 inch 1700 EUR
Philippines, Ifugao province, Lagawe
Lot: 25
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American Private Collection H: 23.6 inch 2500 EUR / 4500 EUR
Philippines - Kankanay / Ifugao
Lot: 26
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Luciano Federico, Italy

Luciano first visited the Philippines in 1978 with his Japanese wife Mayumi. They spent six months there, mainly in the mountain province of Luzon, where they collected many interesting pieces. From 1978 to 1984 he made at least more ten trips, travelling throughout the country.
H: 11.8 inch; L: 10.2 inch 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR
Papua New Guinea, Admirality Islands
Lot: 27
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Baptist Missionary Society, London, Great Britain L: 23.6 inch; B: 5.1 inch 1000 EUR / 2000 EUR
Papua New Guinea, North Coast, Aitape Region, Wawapu
Lot: 28
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Ben Hirsch, Maastricht, The Netherlands H: 11.4 inch 650 EUR
Papua New Guinea, Asmat
Lot: 29
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Hugo Hendrik Hage, Velserbroek, The Netherlands (coll. in situ in the 1950s)

Hage was working for the Batavian Oil Company as communication officer and supervisor. BPM was the Dutch East Indies and later Indonesian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell oil company established in 1907. Hage was stationed in Dutch New Guinea, Asmat region in the 1950s and went back to the Netherlands in 1959.
H: 64.6 inch 1500 EUR / 3000 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Gulf, Urama Island, Iwaino
Lot: 30
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Bonhams, London, 9 December 2004, Lot 191
Mallams Auctioneers Abingdon, 2015
Desmond Morris (*1928), Great Britain
Mallams Auctioneers Oxford, 2019
Morris is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter, as well as a popular author in human sociobiology. He is known for his 1967 book "The Naked Ape", and for his television programmes such as "Zoo Time".
H: 29.1 inch; L: 24.4 inch 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Golf, Goribari Island, Kerewa culture
Lot: 31
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Jan Schneider, Buchbach, Germany
German Collection, Stuttgart
H: 26.4 inch 600 EUR
Papua New Guinea, Eastern Highlands, Gulf or Morobe provinces, Anga
Lot: 32
Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection L: 26.8 inch 1000 EUR / 2000 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Ramu River (Lower), Kaian (Kayan)
Lot: 33
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Peter Hallinan (1938-2015), Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia (coll. in situ,1959) (Inv.No. P750)
Anthony J.P. Meyer, Paris, France
Lempertz, Brussels, 11 June 2011, lot 5
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 2 June 2012, Lot 30
Bettina Rübesam, Munich, Germany

John Peter Hallinan's interest in oceanic art was sparked at a young age by the superb collection of ethnographic objects at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. In the early 1960s, the eccentric American came to Australia. As an adult he concentrated on Melanesian material culture and pursued this new interest with determination and intellectual rigor. During the next twentyfive years Hallinan made twenty-six field expeditions to PNG, collecting and documenting Melanesian Art. He lived among the people in remote areas and studied their diverse cultures and traditional artworks. Over time, he became one of the best informed and most respected tribal art dealer in Australia.
M: 79.9 inch x 13 inch x 20.3 inch 5000 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Ramu River (Middle) / Guam River area
Lot: 34
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Michael von Hausen, Munich, Germany H: 14 inch 500 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Ramu River
Lot: 35
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presumably:
Museum Frankfurt, Germany (since 1904)
V. de Beer, Brussels, Belgium (1952)
(both according to label)
H: 6.5 inch 2100 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Lake Sentani
Lot: 36
Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 20.3 inch 400 EUR / 800 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Lake Sentani
Lot: 37
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Ed Smith, The Hague, The Netherlands H: 9.6 inch 1000 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Sepik
Lot: 38
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Adam Prout, Worcestershire, Great Britain H: 10.7 inch & 11 inch 900 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Sepik
Lot: 39
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Baudouin de Grunne, Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium
Roberto Gamba, Milano, Italy
H: 10.2 inch 1600 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Sepik
Lot: 40
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Edmund Müller (1898-1976), Beromünster, Switzerland
Sotheby's, New York, 22 November 1998, Lot 21
Important Viennese Collection
Dorotheum, Vienna, 4 December 2018, Lot 122

In the house "Zum Dolder" in the village of Beromünster, three generations of provincial doctors have amassed a wide-ranging art collection over a period of more than 100 years. Dr. Edmund Müller jr., who took over the practice in 1929, continued his family's collecting activities and expanded the spectrum to include exhibits from all non-European continents. With great care he bought objects collected during early German expeditions.

The family lived with the collection. The mask is shown in a photo from the living area.

In order to preserve the precious collection from his family in Beromünster, Dr. Edmund Müller jun. established a foundation in 1969. At Dr. Müller's death in 1976, the collection passed into the foundation.
H: 14.5 inch 1700 EUR
Papua-Neuguinea - Trobriand Inseln, Massim
Lot: 41
Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Collection, Alsace L: 33.5 inch 800 EUR / 1500 EUR
Papua New Guinea - Bismarck Archipelago - Admirality Islands
Lot: 42
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German Colonial Collection L: 15 inch 280 EUR
New Caledonia, Kanak
Lot: 43
Provenance Size Hammer price
420 EUR
Salomonen - Buka or Bougainville Island
Lot: 44
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Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 19 June 2010, Lot 122
Bettina Rübesam, Munich, Germany
L: 55.9 inch 400 EUR
Solomon Islands - Rennell Islands
Lot: 45
Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
L: 12.4 inch 250 EUR / 500 EUR
Solomon Islands, Western Reef or Santa Cruz Islands
Lot: 46
Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Adam Prout, Worcestershire, Great Britain
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 19 June 2010, Lot 124
Bettina Rübesam, Munich, Germany
L: 65.4 inch 250 EUR / 500 EUR
Vanuatu, Malampa Province, Ambrym Island
Lot: 47
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coll. in situ by an Antwerp sea captain in 1959
Rik van Aerschot (1928-2012), Brussels (Vrije Universiteit), Belgium
Herma Visser, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Srdjan Sremac, The Hague, The Netherlands
H: 13.8 inch 2500 EUR / 5000 EUR
Marquesas Islands
Lot: 48
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Dutch Collection, Rotterdam H: 13.8 inch 7300 EUR
Australia, Western Australia, La Grange Bay Area, Karadjeri
Lot: 49
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Adam Prout, Worcestershire, Great Britain L: 27.8 inch 3000 EUR / 6000 EUR
Australia, Queensland
Lot: 50
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British Collection L: 31.9 inch 450 EUR / 900 EUR
Australia, South Australia
Lot: 51
Provenance Size Hammer price
L: 23.2 inch 200 EUR