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 Click Here to Continue Reading …

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, Click Here to Continue Reading …

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 Click Here to Continue Reading …

Yaka Suku Kakuungu Mask

A Yaka Suku Kakuungu mask from  the Democratic Republic of Congo Mid 20th Century- Provenance: Ex David Malik FineAfricanArts 21cm x 14,5 cm Wood – Sold without stand Tribe: Yaka Price: 500€ A Kakuungu mask that instills instant fear—whether seen from afar or close up—is well made according to the Suku. So it is not surprising that the yisidika, the charm specialist of the initiation camp, calls forth this mask to teach obedience and respect to initiates and to threaten those who might inflict harm on his charges. Most Kakuungu masks are huge in size, this one with it’s 21 cm can be put in the miniatures category. The mask has been polished  on the outside. Inside old patina. The Click Here to Continue Reading …

Fang Ngontang Duponcheel

A 3 heads Fang Ngontang helmet mask  – Gabon – Provenance Duponcheel. Fang Ngontang Three Faced Helmet Mask – Gabon African Carved Wood Helmet Mask, Gabon, Fang, the tapered form with four relief-carved heads with heart-shaped faces, with pyro-blackened projections above, (wood loss, cracks, restauration), ht. 13 1/2 in., 32 cm. The Duponcheel fang is Genuine, Duponcheel is credited with supplying Tervuren with the best Fang masks, Ngil’s etc, and this was collected on the same fieldtrip as those pieces in 1967/68. In the hand it is absolutely genuine, and so it the patina. Duponcheel ( (Brussels and New York) not only collected medieval antiques and also Archaeology and African Art. He was in the acquisition commission board of the Click Here to Continue Reading …

Mbembe Janus mask

Mbembe Janus mask Published: Tribal Art magazine nr. 78 ( winter 2015) page. 40 Scroll Down for More Images Exhibited: since this mask was originally covered with skin, it was exhibited in Netherland at “De Huid als Communicatiemiddel” (“Skin as a means of communication”) from 12 sept.2015 >16 may 2016, “Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum”(“Skin as means of communication”) an exhibition in Waalwijk (Netherland). Provenances : Lucien van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium Jean-Pierre Jernander, Brussels, Belgium Alex Arthur, Brussels, Belgium Mort Golub, USA (artist) Jan Kusters, Netherland Janus headed helmet mask from the Mbembe Akparabong tribe , Nigeria H: 42 cm. Wood, painted in black, white and red, cylindrical blackened corpus, carved with nearly identical faces, whitened with kaolin and Click Here to Continue Reading …

news-august2016- Reply to this email

Since summer is coming to an end I’m getting ready to ramp things up and start working with additional clients one-on-one. If you have an African Art collection with objects dating to before 1940 and you wish to sell, or if you are building a collection and have funding in place, let’s talk about how I can help you grow or reduce your collection. At this moment I am still looking for metal and wood Ofos from Nigeria, wooden fans from Nigeria (wooden only – not the metal ones), and important Luba material (pre-1930) for an American museum that is preparing an exhibition. Reply to this email, and let’s chat. Talk soon, David P.S.:Some recent acquisitions images below. —- If Click Here to Continue Reading …

WANTED: Nigeria wooden fan(s) and Ofo’s wanted.

Dear friends, I hope everything is going well with you, and that you have been able to find some nice African Art with which to enhance your collections. The gods of collecting have been very good to me lately – the enormous rise in prices for good quality items has seen numerous six-figure sums, beyond the range of we humble collectors. However, one side effect of this has been the collapse in the mid-range market as dealers scramble for the big ticket items, plenty of genuine objects are appearing in obscure little online auctions and art fairs. So some very good objects with provenance can be found at really reasonable prices. I was recently able to buy several objects with Click Here to Continue Reading …

African Art

African Art Collectors are passionate. Welcome to the African Art World of David Norden, a dealer with more than 25 years experience in buying and selling African Art who can help you build and grow your collection. I am always interested in Buying original images, sculptures and masks coming from old collections, and can advise you in doing the same. The Treasure Hunt Starts in Antwerp When you collected African Art you will meet fellow collectors and discover that most of them are quite passionate but also a bit worried about having objects in their collection that where made for decoration. But on the other hand they often buy objects in Africa or on flea markets for 20 € and Click Here to Continue Reading …