From the collections Peters and Klinkmüller

Works from the German colonial times

Collection Jürgen Peters, Collection Alfred Klinkmüller

Early, ornate works of the Herero and Ovambo are extremely rare thus making the objects from the Jürgen Peters (he worked in the 1950s and 60s as a foreign correspondent in Africa) collection even more significant.

Jürgen Peters, Nürnberg

Auction in Wurzburg:
Saturday, 29th of June - 2 pm  
Preview in Wurzburg:
June 26 to 28 - from 10 am to 7 pm  
June 29 - from 9 am 2 pm 

How pronounced the artistic creation of the formerly pastoral Herero people and the Ovambo farmers was, is equally and impressively demonstrated with for example a very rare and richly decorated Ambo fertility doll. Although these figures were, as traditionally reported, widespread around 1900 in this area, there are today less than 10 of them still known worldwide. Two comparable Ambo dolls were auctioned in 2006 at Christie's in Paris.

A remarkably high artistic standard was set by the unknown carver on the milk / fat spoon. The overall composition is absolutely perfect; the band trim is very delicate. Comparable examples of this rare Herero spoon can be found in the ethnological collections of the “Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin“.

The present offer comprises a total of 17 lots; most are from before 1914.


Objects from the estate Alfred Klinkmüller, Berlin
(1912 – 1977)

Alfred Klinkmüller was a Berlin painter, who studied from 1939 to 1941 at the “Staatlichen Hochschule für Bildende Künste“. As a restorer, he worked for the former “Völkerkunde Museum Berlin”, now the “Ethnologisches Museum“, which also lead him into the archives as a "collector" of non-European art[1].

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