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 […]

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 […]

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:

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, BelgiĂ«  ——————– 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. SecciĂłn especial de arte tribal C/ Goya 19, 1ÂŞ planta 28001 – Madrid ESPAĂ‘A +34 91 577 60 91   David “Arte” Norden +32 3 227.35.40 Please follow and like us:

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, BelgiĂ« Sunday, October 9 at 10 AM – 5 PM You are welcome to confirm your visit. or read more ————- Photo: Mangbetu musicians. Niangara, Belgian Congo, 1915 – 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 : ———- 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  Dear $email, I found this interesting video on Arte about the market in African masks “Le marchĂ© des masques africains” : Photo © Peter Heller/Filmkraft  (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 AndrĂ©. 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 + 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   […]

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 Suku Kakuungu mask from  the Democratic Republic of Congo usually appeared on the day of circumcision, the day of departure from the initiation camp, and occasionally for the breaking of food restrictions. Its appearance served to frighten young candidates into obedience and respect for their elders, and to threaten the person secretly herboring evil intentions against one of the initates. When not in use the Suku Kakuungu masks were displayed in special shrines of the mbwoolo society. Please follow and like us: