No limit.

No Limit Exclusive African Art Auction. GREAT news for you here 🙂 Dear friend, Since my auction ( that is ending in a few hours) is doing so well I’m mailing you a valuable gift inside each package as part of what might be the most ridiculously generous surprise ever. Maybe you’ll get a book, or a complementary object, only the winners will know. Seldom HOLO NZAMBI frame- D.R.Congo From the 1940’s – Good condition. Collection Gaetan Schoonbroodt Auctioneer’s estimate:  €2,500 – €5,000 Actual price: 350 € Rare and Seldom Holo Nzambi frame from the nzo santu house- D.R.C. Congo. Sold with a custom made stand. NO PRICE LIMIT. FREE DELIVERY. Height: 32 cm and thin 0.5cm to 2 cm, and large 15 cm. Condition: Dry patina, Brown patina. Custom made stand included. Origin: The HOLO NZAMBI frame comes from the Holo tribe, Congo near Angola and around the Lake Tanganika. Provenance: Gaetan Schoonbroodt, Verviers, Belgium. Typical for the Holo those figures in frame reminds of the Christ figure, and serve as lucky charm decoration in the house and the owner consult it for advice. (Neyt, 1982). Compare withe one sold at Christies in 2013 that sold for 8125€ : See more pictures of the HOLO NZAMBI   Okak society Shoulder mask End XIXth-Early XXth – Good condition. Provenance: Collection of Maria Wyss. Basel, Switzerland. FANG OKAK – Equatorial Guinea – border Gabon. End XIXth-Early XXth – Good condition. Provenance: Collection of Maria Wyss. Basel, Switzerland. Auctioneer’s estimate:  €750 – €1,250 Actual price: 495 € Protective Fang peoples Okak group mask. XIXth century Equatorial Guinea (at the border with Gabon), Africa. Height =23 cm. This figure is sold with a custom made metal stand Height on stand =32 cm Fine patina with clear signs of use, and with remains of a magical charge around the neck. This is a protective mask that was used during the hunting season. There are similar objects in e.g. the National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid. PROVENANCE: Collection of Maria Wyss. Basel, Switzerland. She was active in the 1960/1970 in Basel, Switzerland and well known in the […]

Exclusive African Art on Catawiki

EXCLUSIVE Offers from David Norden. Oops- made a MISTAKE..SLIDESHOW… : African Art Exclusive Auction March 2017 Dear $email, I made a mistake while uploading the slideshow, the real time is not 2 hours and 16 minutes, but 3 hours ans 16 sec.. the rest is a black screen! Don’t be fooled this isn’t a Hollywood production, but quality African Art. The auction closes tomorrow night, so this is probably my last call. Enjoy the video and the actual prices I noted below, and push a last bid if you want some exclusive African Art from David Norden’s collection delivered on your doorstep . An Ebony Knife – MANGBETU – D.R. Congo Exclusive tribal art Actual price : 319 € Encrusted Seldom Lagoon Mask- ATTIE/EBRIE/YAOURE -Ivory Coast Actual price € 3150 Headrest- Female Caryatid Figure – LUBA – Democratic Republic of the Congo Reserve price € 876 A fine little figurative knife- SONGYE – D.R, Congo Actual price : € 340  Kpele Aluminium Mask – SENUFO – Ivory Coast Actual price € 777 Nimba D’mba Headdress Shoulder Mask – BAGA – Guinea Actual price € 840 Big flute – MOSSI – Burkina Faso Actual price € 1650 Ceremonial Staff-Seated Female Finial Kibango – LUBA – Congo-D.R.C. Actual price € 399 A Shiwara – BAMBARA – Mali Mid XXth – Perfet condition. Provenance Modou Sow Actual price € 644 This is really a wonderful opportunity for you. Or you could forward it on to your collector friends! Of course I am happy to provide further information, and (by appointment) viewing here in Antwerp is also possible. Wishing you a special day, and  HAPPY HUNTING ! See All My Exclusive Offers at: David Norden     Sint Katelijnevest 27 B2000 Antwerpen. Belgium +32 3 227.35.40 http// Please follow and like us:

Flip Catalog-Special Collections

 Dear friend, Click the image below and enjoy the Flip Catalog . The Auction ends on Friday. The catalog links are clickable if you allow the pop-ups in your browser : Happy Bidding,David Norden +32 3 227.35.40 P.S. : Read our Previous Newsletter: The Private Collections Hunt Newsletter Please follow and like us:

Special African art Collections

The Private Collections Hunt Newsletter

The Private Collections Hunt Newsletter Dear friends, This month we have news of an interesting auction, the hunt for a Djenne head, a video of a very special Kwele mask, and much else besides! David —————–AUCTION——————– Coming onto the market: a private Belgian collection. This month I bring you news of a notable Belgian collector, who has been collecting for over 50 years both in Belgium and further afield. Most of his pieces come from small colonial collectors, and some even come from the renowned Lepage collection. He has supplied numerous dealers and museums – a full listing of the 70+ pieces thus provided is available on the Guy van Rijn Yale database. He has decided to request my assistance to help him sell part of his collection through Catawiki. This is a unique occasion for you to get a well-provenanced, genuine object at a very low starting price. A photographer has been conscripted to take accurate, clear photos of the pieces from all angles, highlighting textural variability, cracks and restorations (where applicable). This way you can be sure that what you see is precisely what you get. The name of the collector will be given to all buyers in the accompanying documentation included in every package. The following lots have been put up for this auction ( + reserve price) : – Lot 1:  Kakuungu Mask – YAKA – D.R. Congo € 1300 – Lot 2:  2 beaded Yaka hats – YAKA – D.R. Congo  €650 – Lot 3:  A fine stool – MONGO – D.R. Congo €350 –Lot 4:  Oshe Shango with Double face – YORUBA -Nigeria € 150 – Lot 5:  Cup – KUBA – D.R. Congo € 250 – Lot 6:  Oozing neckrest- Sidama- Ethiopia € 150 – Lot 7:  A small stool – TSCHOKWE – D.R. Congo € 350 – Lot 8:  Cariatide stool with 5 complete figures – KUBA – D.R. Congo  €750 – Lot 9:  A little figure – TEKE TEGE – D.R. Congo  €250 – Lot 10:  Little Pwo mask -TCHOKWE – D.R. Congo € 600 – Lot 11:  Seldom Black Kasai […]

HAPPY 2017- a long newsletter ..

HAPPY 2017- a long newsletter .. Dear $email, Some of my offerings for January’s exclusive auction QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “Si c’est de l’Art, ça n’est pas pour tout le monde et si c’est pour tout le monde, alors ce n’est pas de l’Art”.  Arnold Schoenberg J’ai reçu beaucoup de commentaires sur FB ———–   Magnificent pictures of dance masks taken in the 1940’s-70’s    ———– Kple Kple and Kpan Pre mask dancers during a Goli performance, Kondeyaokro village, Ivory Coast American photographer Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973) spent decades travelling around Africa. A pioneer in color photography – he worked as a color consultant on Hollywood movies (African Queen,  Bell, Book and Candle, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Moulin Rouge) – Elisofon changed Western perceptions of ‘the Dark Continent’ and about African Art with his book Sculpture of Africa 1978 (  ) These pictures are from his collection of African masquerades (1942-1972) curated at the National Museum of African Art. see more images here: ———— Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller est décédé à l’âge de 86 ans: “Mieux vaut acheter un chef d’œuvre que dix petites pièces charmante que tout le monde a. Mais c’est la que mes ennuis ont commencé … j’ai du travailler comme un FOU et j’ai du faire grandir la SPG pour alimenter ma PASSION de collectionneur.” Avec son beau-père Joseph Mueller (1887-1977), il constitua la plus prestigieuse des collections privées d’arts africains, océaniens et précolombiens. Interview intégral de Jean Paul Barbier-Muller (RIP) a partir de 6 min 20sec. See the masks of Barbier-Mueller’s collection: ( ) ———– Discover the African Masks That Inspired Picasso, Brancusi, Modigliani, and more. They are on display at the Leopold Museum in Vienna (and I am still the proud owner of a bronze, chicken-shaped Bamileke pipe from the Leopold collection, and which is currently on view in my gallery in Antwerp) foreign gods in the Leopold museum ———— Online sales have well and truly overtaken sales from real-life shops for the last two years, but when one is thinking of investing in the art world, face to face is a must if you don’t want to inadvertently […]

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 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! David “Surprise” Norden St Katelijnevest 27 B2000 Antwerpen Belgium +32 (0)3 227.35.40. 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.  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   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: