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

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


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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.

or read more


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 close rapport, fuelled by their shared aesthetic preferences.


How to give it, but to keep it? Getting get balance right is an art in itself in the US.

Now I understand why some of my clients are buying so many objects to “give” to museums

So what is TRUST in this context? Well, it's called “Irrevocable Trusts”, designed in such a way that they are able to keep the art and still cut their taxes..

You can do it with a house, or with African Art.

“With art prices increasing, there is interest in the idea of putting your art in a trust to shelter the appreciation, and then to rent it back, so you can hang it on your wall”


The heat is always on to ascertain just who is the OLDEST. Yet we may have an answer. Indigenous Australians are now believed to be the most ancient people on Earth, DNA study confirms. Clues left in the genes of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea have enabled scientists to trace the remarkable journey made by the first human explorers. A new population analysis of Indigenous Australians and Papuans shows they can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago.



What is QUALITY in African Art ? (an article in French)

La qualité, c’est obscur objet de desir. A la recherche de la qualité.

par Elio Revera

Primitivisme Esthétique: L'idéal de beauté dans l’art africain

la SPONTANÉITÉ DU GESTE- l’expressivité – La cohérence structurelle- La cohérence stylistico-formelle – L’équilibre plastique -la clarté de la composition-  la complétude de la composition – l’ORIGINALITÉ

rareté: époque, atelier. GRADIENT ESTHÉTIQUE

UPCOMING Auctions.

A lot of auctions are coming up shortly:

Upcoming catalogue for the Estate of Merton D. Simpson, including various small modest objects, and also some very nice, up-market exemplars.

Quinn's was appointed to auction off the renowned Merton D. Simpson estate collection of African tribal art, under the supervision of John Buxton of Arttrak .



Upcoming African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection. 22 October 2016


Online catalog: https://issuu.com/native-auctions/docs/catalogue10_issuu

Don't forget – the exclusive catawiki african art auction ends this week. You can see my selection of objects with the current prices (which are doing well) here:

Hope you enjoyed this edition,

David “touching lines” 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

A fine Lobi with raised arm and lip plug - LOBI tribe - Burkina Faso

Female Ci Wara Antelope Headdress - BAMANA tribe - Mali,

KIFWEBE mask - Democratic Republic Congo- from the Nicolas De Kun collection

Seldom black Eastern PENDE mask with two figures - Democratic Republic Congo

Seldom African wooden naturalist Ekpo mask - IBIBIO - Nigeria

A fine HEMBA KUSU male figure - Democratic Republic of the Congo

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