Unboxing Webster Book of Treasures

Dear $email, Just unpacking W.D. Webster Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens 18 – 31 Edited by Julien .G.B. Leen . “W.D. Webster Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens 18 – 31” by W. D. Webster https://goo.gl/it0TVp USE Coupon code 83JPCV78 William Downing Webster (1868 – 1913) was a British ethnographic dealer and collector. In 1895 he began to issue illustrated ethnographic catalogues, 17 with illustrations, 14 with photographs. The 14 catalogues with photographs have been colour corrected, cleaned and bundled in this publication. This edition includes indexes for object type and region that can be cross-referenced to find specific items. This makes it an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and collectors Webster was born in 1868 in Greenwich to Robert and Sarah Webster. Although his father was in the potato trade, Webster was initially employed as a stained glass designer in Lancaster before becoming a dealer in ethnographic antiquities in the 1890s. In 1891 he married Agnes Harrison in Kendal. He published a series of catalogues detailing his collection during the next two decades, and staged a number of exhibitions of ethnographic material at Earl’s Court. In 1899 he traveled throughout Britain purchasing material from British soldiers returning from the Benin Expedition, amassing a large quantity of material that was carefully recorded in his catalogues. In 1904 his marriage broke up and he separated from his wife and two daughters and lived with his housekeeper, Eva Cutter. His collection was sold in a London-based auction that took place over five days. He died from alcoholism in Effingham in 1913, and is reportedly buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. Julien Leen is a Dutch collector, who is less a specialist of Webster than particularly preoccupied with trustworthy reference material Of course everyone knows the Oldman catalog and collection; it contains some excellent material! I think that Kevin Conru recently wrote a very nice book about it. It was while reading the book “Provenance: Twelve Collectors of Ethnographic Art in England 1760-1990” by Hermione Waterfield that he discovered that Oldman wasn’t the only one who published sales catalogues in the Kate XIXth and early […]

2 masks

Dear $email, For this exclusive auction I have just 2 masks on offer with a custom made stands ( the auction ends tomorrow 8 pm Belgium time) . The Miniature Mask Bassa, Geh, Liberia (click for full description)  provenance is Ex US Museum de-accessioned, the Pende Mbangu Sickness mask(click for full description) is to be dated early to mid-XXth. – Good condition. Collection Dr. Peter Westerdijk. Expect also to receive soon a video with me unpacking a very interesting book, Happy bidding, David Norden +32 3 227.35.40 P.S.: I am looking for a client for fine quality South African neckrests and also fine Baule figures with good age.     Please follow and like us:

2016 African Art

MORNING SURPRISE Dear friends, My 2016 African Art Internet promotions are working! I was already happy with 400€, and after sending a 24-hour reminder out to my mailing list yesterday evening I had a nice surprise this morning when I saw that it had climbed to 1699€. Who knows it might get even higher before the auction ends tonight! https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/8833781-lwena-spoon-tchokwe-lwena-angola David “Surprise” Norden St Katelijnevest 27 B2000 Antwerpen Belgium +32 (0)3 227.35.40. david.norden@telenet.be Bewaren Please follow and like us:

The best movie about African Art

The Best Movie About African Art is still today “Les Statues Meurent Aussi” Dear friends, If you haven’t seen it yet the movie “Les Statues Meurent Aussi” from 1953 was directed by Alain Resnais & Chris Marker, banned in France for fifteen years. Here is how it begins, the words spoken over darkness: “When men die, they enter history. When statues die, they enter art. This botany of death is what we call culture.” And then, as if to prove his point, the film’s image lights up to show us the ruins of a few outdoor sculptures, speckled with sunlight and wizened by age and corrosion—strange botanical specimens. What follows, over a striking montage of indoor specimens and some of their strolling museum spectators (first white ones, then a single black woman), is a kind of existential poetics of both art and history: “An object dies when the living glance trained upon it disappears. And when we disappear, our objects will be confined to the place where we send black things: to the museum.” Alain Resnais’s Eisensteinian editing meanwhile peaks as an accelerating succession of graphic images reaches a gorgeous crescendo and epiphany in a cut to the head of an African swimmer rising from underwater to the surface of a river. […] This gradually turns into a remarkable duet between Marker’s literary fervor and a detailed as well as despairing political vision—a combination of speculative art history, precise journalism, and a grim meditation on the various places and functions Africa and its separate cultures have assumed within white civilization—and Resnais’s musically and rhythmically orchestrated illustration of and counterpoint to this extraordinary text. Both of these strains can be said to embody, empower, and enhance as well as accompany the other, but it would be pointless to try to synopsize either Marker’s multifaceted argument or Resnais’s elaborately composed and articulated assembly of images, much less attempt to describe how effectively they complement one another. It appears that this film took years to put together, but it moves with a fluency and directness that is never labored. To read more about […]

worth your attention

Lots offered by David Norden Buy African Antiques. Auction Ending 30 October . Offered price noted on 28-10-2016 at 11:37 a.m. For exact prices click the links Horned helmet with two figures ( one male and one female ) and buffalo horns – SENUFO – Ivory Coast €590 2d 8h 25m 28s Idimu mythic ancestor mask -LEGA – D.R. Congo €410 2d 8h 51m 28s Figure – BEMBE – Democratic Republic of Congo €740 2d 8h 52m 33s Mask – BAMANA Hyena – MALI €880 2d 8h 56m 53s Terracotta Sculpture of a Male Nude Man -IDOMA– Nigeria. €200 2d 9h 08m 48s Lwena figure – TCHOKWE LWENA – Angola €630 2d 9h 19m 38s Helmet Mask – CHAMBA – Cental Nigeria €500 2d 9h 25m 03s Impressive male Figure – IGBO -Nigeria. €2,450 2d 9h 39m 08s Bewaren Please follow and like us:

Art Fair Mechelen

You are invited to the Art Fair

You are invited.   Dear friend, If you happen to be in Belgium, come Greet and Meet me next Sunday in Mechelen, between Brussels and Antwerp. https://www.facebook.com/events/1083538238396855/permalink/1117381675012511/  This is a show I am participating in, along with 15 other art dealers of diverse yet related specialities. Sunday OCT 9, 2016  Art Fair Mechelen Onder den Toren 12, 2800 Mechelen, België  ——————– Announcing an auction with a special section of “Arte Tribal” at Duran Arte Y Subastas in Madrid at the end of October. More news will follow shortly. Avance subasta de octubre. Sección especial de arte tribal C/ Goya 19, 1ª planta 28001 – Madrid ESPAÑA +34 91 577 60 91 duran@duran-subastas.com   David “Arte” Norden +32 3 227.35.40 Please follow and like us:

Strange people visiting my shop today.

Dear $email, Only a few hours left to place your bids, the exclusive catawiki auction ends tonight ( click here ). ( or click the thumbnails of the objects you like below this post) The Strange visitor in my Shop asked to wear a mask and asked me take a picture of him. The mask he wears is a Mbembe janus mask. Thanks, David “Mbembe” Norden Please follow and like us:

Bini mask

Beautiful rare and old Bini mask Nigeria (Edo State) Wood, paint, pigment, encrusted patina 5 ( see the image gallery down this page ) Size : 27cm x 14cm Weight 320 grams Probable age: End XIXth – Early 20th Century Provenance: Dr. Gordon K. Mackenzie ( 1913-1992 ), Washington D. C., USA. A geologist and  paleontologist who collected African and Pre-columbian  Art. Some of his objects where exhibited in the Washington Museum in 1972. Ex David Malik Gallery, London, UK Price: 2,200€ Buy It Now: Mask of the Bini or Ibibio people The Article below was found at Yahoo answers : What is a Bini mask The Bini people of Nigeria of the great Kingdom of Benin are located around present day Benin City. The Bini mask is one of Nigeria’s most famous and is the symbol of Nigerian arts and culture. These masks are worn by members of the Ekpo-society, who take care of the well-being of the village and settle disputes.Ekpo members wear masks, raffin capes, and other accouterments to impersonate the ancestors and other dead members of the society. The the dancer is covered by a costume of grasses attached to the mask. Rituals are performed for planting, harvesting (yam harvest) and funerals. During important the annual yam harvest, members imitated ancestors who were believed to have briefly returned to the world of the living. The mask was also a part of the rituals to propitiate the gods and to protect the people against illness. Drumming and music are also important elements in Ekpo ceremonies. The form of the masks probably derives elements from their better known neighbors the Yoruba.Some wooden Bini mask have a distinctly simplified style. The mouth is delicately rendered; the nose is narrow and long; above the eyes, which have no pupils, there are bulging eyelids. They are very different from the ostentatious courtly style of the tribal woodcarvings of the Bini who lived in the environs of Benin. The petty tribal chiefs used to produce for their altars wooden commemorative ancestor heads and would carve masks representing departed souls, which were used […]

TRUST, museums, “touching lines” and other stories.

TRUST, museums, “touching lines” and other stories.   Dear $email,   I have a lot of interesting articles and assorted news for you. My catawiki auction will end this Sunday, so make sure you stop by and check it out for some great pieces. Two weeks on Sunday (9 October) I will be exhibiting at “Art Fair Mechelen”, so please come by and say hello, if you happen to be in Belgium. I will present some objects that are seriously “touching lines” (UNCERTAIN what  “TOUCHING LINES” MEAN, but it’s the slogan of Art Fair Mechelen, so just come discover it yourself ) David Norden “Art Fair Mechelen” Touching Lines. Onder den Toren 12, 2800 Mechelen, België Sunday, October 9 at 10 AM – 5 PM You are welcome to confirm your visit. https://www.facebook.com/events/1083538238396855/ or read more https://buyafricanantiques.com/art-fair-mechelen/ ————- Photo: Mangbetu musicians. Niangara, Belgian Congo, 1915 – amnh.org I am looking for a fine Mangbetu split drum for a client. If you know of one, please get in touch ————- “Look Again: Contemporary Perspective on African Art” at Philadelphia Museum of Art . The exhibition unfolds works created in West and Central Africa from the 1500s through to the early 1900s. New understanding of this most remarkable part of the world can be gained by looking closely at the exhibitions of materials, techniques, artistic forms and social functions. The exhibition is on view at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States. View the slideshow at : http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/847.html ———- New Fowler Museum exhibition highlights African art Fowler Museum presents exceptional gifts of African Art donated by collector Jay T. Last and dealer Merton D. Simpson. When Simpson and Last first became acquainted in the 1960s, the market for African art was drastically different from the market today. Collectors of African art at that time favoured figurative wooden sculpture with strong lines, smooth surfaces and symmetrical features. In contrast to these typical preferences, Simpson and Last shared a unique interest in the simplicity and abstraction of both Lega and Zulu arts. The two men quickly established a […]

African Art News September 2016

David Norden: Advising Fine African Art Collections since 1992  Subscribe to the newsletter at www.african-arts.info  Dear $email, I found this interesting video on Arte about the market in African masks “Le marché des masques africains” : Photo © Peter Heller/Filmkraft http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/052793-000-A/le-marche-des-masques-africains  (in french)  Are you still looking to acquire new objects to expand your Art collection? After 9 months of absence  on Catawiki I am back "in action" with an exclusive auction, and some exquisite items .There is a new African art auctioneer at Catawiki; his name is Dimitri André. I have entrusted my recent contributions to his meticulous care. See below for my latest offerings. This auction starts today to end on sunday evening 25 september 2016.  As always, I also provide a full statement of provenance along with a detailed description of the piece and a full guarantee on all objects. The Catawiki page is easy to navigate – just register for the site, and then the sale, choose your preferred language (top of the page) and bid; auction costs are only 9%, and on most lots I offer free delivery. To see the current prices of these objects, click on the pictures and you will be passed automatically to the Catawiki site.  I know you’re going to love these great objects. As usual, with full provenances where known.  These lots include a XIXth century Hemba-Kusu from the Kahan colllection, and a fine Lobi .  Hit the reply button if you have any question or want to know my limit prices.  Wishing you a happy bidding ! David “from Antwerp” Norden +32.3.227.35.40 Punu reliquary guardian – Gabon   Fine Ituri mask- NDAKA tribe-Democratic Republic of the Congo   A Passport bushcow mask; Bwa-Bobo people, Upper Volta/Burkina Faso.   A protective statue with four heads of the SONGYE tribe in Congo.   Akan Colon figure top of a Linguist Staff. Ivory Coast   Triple head neckrest- YAKA – Democratic Republic of Congo – Bandundu > Kwango   A fine Pair of Ere Ibedji’s-Yoruba-NIGERIA-Egbe, Yagba   A Fine Zela Mboko Divination Figure with Bowl – LUBA ZELA- DRC Congo   […]

Le marché des masques africains

Une vidéo intéressante sur Arte laisse la parole a des experts, des marchands et des collectionneurs, des curateurs de musées, et des directeurs de salles de vente ainsi que des artisans sur le marché des masques Africains. Le marché des masques africains Voici l’article sur les masques Africains à connotation légèrement négative du descriptif d’Arte: En deux siècles de colonisation, l’Afrique a été dépossédée d’une quantité incalculable d’œuvres d’art et d’artisanat de grande importance. On retrouve aujourd’hui ces trésors entassés par milliers dans les fonds des musées, des expositions privées et des galeries occidentales. Les musées internationaux dédiés à l’ethnologie présentent ainsi des collections d’une incroyable richesse, dont l’origine reste pourtant suspecte. Plus d’un demi-siècle après la fin des empires coloniaux, c’est désormais la spéculation qui bat son plein, sur les masques, statuettes et autres objets d’art africains issus de pillages. C’est le cas notamment des trésors de la civilisation Nok (actuel Nigeria, 1 000 av. J.-C-300 ap. J.-C.), achetés par des musées, de Boston à Bruxelles. Aujourd’hui, de plus en plus de pays d’Afrique demandent la restitution de ces objets. Histoire du pillage L’historien de l’art béninois Romuald Tchibozo et la politologue panafricaniste nigérienne Aissa Halidou, reviennent sur l’histoire de ce pillage artistique, notamment au Togo et au Bénin, et partent sur les traces de l’industrie de la contrefaçon. Des modestes sculpteurs des villages béninois aux richissimes collectionneurs européens, ce documentaire interroge aussi l’omniprésence d’un “regard blanc” sur l’art africain, d’hier à aujourd’hui. VOIR LE FILM Please follow and like us: