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Hook mask, Garra
Bahinemo people, Hunstein mountains, Papua New Guinea

19th century
wood, pigment
94cm

Provenance:
-Philip Goldman, London
-John Friede, New York
-Frum collection, Toronto


price on request






Rare double split headed slit gong/drum tam tam or Atingting kon
Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

Wood
230cm
Circa 1920-1940

Provenance:
David Baker Collection, NSW

price on request


Extremely rare  mask
Southern Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

wood
18th century or earlier
26cm



 



Ancient spirit figure, aripa
Inyai-Ewa people
Korewori River, Papua New Guinea

Wood
114cm

18th century

Provenance:
Bruce Frank , New York


price on request




Ceremomial paddle  (rare shape/design)
Austral Island

Wood
170cm

Early 19th century

Provenance:
Leendert Van Lier, Amsterdam
Seymour Lazar, Palm Springs


price on request




Figure Uli
New Ireland

Wood, pigments, shell, fiber
97cm

19th century

Provenance:
Possibly Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), Munich
Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim (inv. no. Sü 1678), acquired in 1917, possibly as part of the estate of the above
Maurice Bonnefoy, New York and Paris, acquired by 1966

Literature:
Alfred Bühler, Art océanien, Neuchâtel, 1970, p. 88, cat. no. 1141 (listed)
Philip C. Gifford, The Iconology of the Uli Figure of Central New Ireland, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1974, n.p., cat. no. 124
Jean-Philippe Beaulieu, Uli: Powerful Ancestors from the Pacific, Bornival, 2021, p. 324, cat. no. U10-11

Exhibited:
Musée d’ethnographie de Neuchâtel, Art océanien, June 27 – December 31, 1970



price on request





War club  U'u 
Marquesas island
Carved from ironwood (casuarina equisetifolia)

Late 18th century

144cm

Provenance:
ex James Hooper collection London

ex Rainer Werner "Jerry" Bock collection  Haiku, Hawaii

Published:

Phelps, ‘'Art and artifacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, The James Hooper
Collection, 1976, Page 106, N°451.

"Polynesian Art at Auction 1965-1980" by Charles W. Mack 1982, page 180-181 , plate 76, No 6


price on request

 

Ancient stone carved pre-contact ancestral hooked spirit figure, Nggwalndu
Abelam, Roma region, Eastern Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Wood, Pigments
19th century
153cm

Provenance :
- Dr. George Kennedy Collection (1919- 1980), collected by him in Abelam area between 1962 and 1964.
- Christie's sale, Los Angeles, 1981, lot 78.
- Milton Arno Leof Collection.
- Collection Nadine Vinot-Postry, Cuernavaca.

 price on request

 



Ancient spirit figure, aripa
Inyai-Ewa people
Middle Sepik, Korewori River, Papua New Guinea

Wood
104cm

18th century or earlier

Provenance:
Saul Brandman Foundation, Beverly Hills, Ca, USA


price on request



Bowl
Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, PNG

Wood, natural resin
19th century
60cm

Provenance:
Collection Edith Hafter (1911-2001) Solothurn, Switzerland.


price on request



Ancient spirit figure, aripa
Inyai-Ewa peopleInyai-Ewa people
Middle Sepik, Korewori River, Papua New Guinea

Wood, pigment

18th century or earlier
81cm


price on request





Canoe prow ornament nguzunguzu 
New Georgia Island, Solomon Islands

Wood, mother of pearl shell, pigment, nut putty (Parinarium laurinum)
mid 19th century
13cm

Provenance:
collected by a Australian music teacher in the 1920s

price on request




Bowl
San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands

Wood, shell, nut putty (Parinarium laurinum) and pigment
late 19th century
69cm


price on request





Headrest
Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea

Wood, remains of pigment
19th century
16cm

provenance:
collection Dr Edmund  Müller (1898-1976),  Beromünster, n° 3275
collection Frum, Toronto

price on request



Neckrest
Tami island, Huon Gulf,  Papua New Guinea

Wood,  pigment

"56828" inscribed in red ink under the base, and recessed on the lintel
19th century
15cm

Provenance:
ex Lajos Biro (1856-1931) en 1898-99 (n° 499)

Néprajzi Muzeum, Budapest (inv. n° 56828)

Ex Marcia and John Friede, New York


Literature:
Bodrogi, Art in North-East New Guinea, 1961, p. 93, n° 70

 price on request



Roof spire
Kanak, New Caledonia

wood
18th to early 19th century
Height 157cm

provenance:
Ex collection of Leo and Karin Van Oosterom, Amsterdam

price on request





Leopard figure
Benin, Nigeria, Africa

Wood with inlaid wood plugs to represent Leopards spots, Ivory inlaid teeth, bronze and wood eyes.
late 18th century to early 19th century
58cm

provenance:
Merton simpson collection
Gerald Dannenberg collection
Alan stone collection

price on request




Shield
Astrolabe bay, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

wood, pigment
early - mid 19th century
73cm

Provenance:
Collected in the 1920s by Frederick Pietz,
first American Lutheran missionary to Papua New Guinea in 1922
ex Warburg Theological Seminary museum , Iowa
Ex Michael Hamson, California


price on request





War Club
Tonga

Wood
18th century
90cm

Provenance:
James Hooper Collection

Published:
Phelps "Art and Artifacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, The James Hooper Collection"
1976, No,H721

price on request





Spirit Board
Urama area, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

Wood, pigment
Late 19th - early 20th century
152cm

collected and photographed at Eragoivari 1966

price on request



Stilt Step, tapuvae
Marquesas Island

wood
early 19th century
36cm

Provenance:
Private collection, New York

price on request



Cult  house Boniito fish effigy
Solomon Islands

Wood,  pigment ,  shell
late 19th century
79cm

Provenance: Captain Poole ,  New Zealand and the Pacific islands   born 18?? -died 1918
Matthew Poole , New Zealand
Errol Willis , Auckland , New Zealand acquired from the above 1960

price on request







Shield
Lumi, West Sepik Province, Wapi village, Upper Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

Wood, Rattan, Pigment
collected before 1958
Late 19th century
106cm

Provenance:
Aaron Vogelnest, Sydney

Published:
Shields of Melanesia by Beran & Craig- page 41

price on request





Ceremonial ladle
Austral Islands

wood, old paper label
late 18th century
91cm

provenance:
Arthur D. Emil, New York
Succession d'Arthur D. Emil, New York

price on request




Bowl
Kaniet Island, Micronesia

Wood
Late 19th century
45cm

Provenance:
Willem Kok collection, Sydney

price on request




Ancient shield
Telefomin, PNG

Wood, pigments, arrow heads and remains of cane strap handle
Late 19th century
156cm

Provenance:
-Collected by missionary Brian Beaver for the Baptist Mission in the mid to late 1960s
-Philip Goldman, London
-Franco Ignazio Castelli, Bergamo

Exhibited:
-London, 1970.
-Milan, 1971.
Bergamo, 1974

Phographed:
Barry Craig in 1969 at the Baptist Mission, Telefomin

price on request




Kongo-Vili zoomorphic power figure
Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

Wood, nails, knife blades and metal pieces
Early 20th centurty
Length 67.3cm

Provenance :
Henri Kamer and Alan Brandt, Paris and New York (invoice no. "646565", described as "Animal nail fetish in wood with nail and blade inserts.
Archaic and rare example. Bakongo tribe. Western Congo")
Allan Stone, New York, acquired from the above on February 26, 1965

Exhibited:
The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, Power Incarnate: Allan Stone's Collection of Sculpture from the Congo, May 14 - September 4, 2011

Literature:
Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Power Incarnate: Allan Stone's Collection of Sculpture from the Congo, Greenwich, Connecticut, 2011, p. 31, cat. 7



price on request




Malangan Figure
New Ireland

Wood, pigments, shell and vegetable fiber
Circa 1900

71cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Tryon, North Carolina

price on request



Axe
East Sepik Province, PNG

Wood, cane , pigments

Mid 19th century
54cm x 33cm

Provenance:
W.D.Webster, London, Bicester
Augustus H. Lane Pitt Rivers, Farnham, Dorset, June 8th 1898
Sheila Pitt Rivers, Farnham, Dorset

Illustrated:
Pitt Rivers Catalog, June 8th 1898









price on request







Scare devil' female figure (Kareau or henta-koi)
Nicobar Islands
Bay of Bengal

Wood, pigments, shell
Late 19th -early 20th century
64cm


Provenance:
Private collection, UK


price on request






Scare devil' male figure (Kareau or henta-koi)
Nicobar Islands
Bay of Bengal

Wood, pigments, shell. cloth
Late 19th -early 20th century
64.5cm


Provenance:
Private collection, UK


price on request





Shield
Ramu River, Papua New Guinea

Wood
late 19th -early 20th century
132cm

Provenance:
Todd Barlin, Sydney



price on request




Ceremonial adze
Cook Islands, Mangaia Island

Wood, stone, sennit
19th century
86cm

Preserved Fish Deuel, Cambridge, New York (1783-1861)
Private Collection, New York

price on request





Ceremonial Adze
Boiken, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Stone blade, wood, cane, pigment
circa 1900-1920
68cm

Provenance:
Michael Hamson, California
Todd Barlin, Sydney


price on request





Bowl
Tongoa Island, Vanuatu

Wood
Mid 19th century
88cm

Provenance:
Private collection South Australia


price on request





Parrying shield/club Roromaraugi
Makira, San Crisobal, Solomon Islands

Wood
19th century
124cm

Provenance:
Private collection, Australia

price on request






War club, Gata
Fiji Islands

Wood
19th century
113cm

Provenance:
Private collection, Australia


price on request





Ladle
Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, PNG

wood, coconut, natural resin, pigments

Late 19th century
60cm

price on request




Club, 'Wahaika'
Maori, New Zealand

Wood
Mid 19th century
41cm

provenance:
Acquired by a previous owners great uncle
who served in the Royal Navy UK in the latter part of the 19th Century



Headrest
Tami Island, PNG

Wood
Late 19th century

 price on request



Bowl
Society Islands, Polynesia

Wood, natural native fiber repairs
Early 19th century
46cm

Provenance:
Private collection, New Zealand
 


price on request

 



Club, patu onewa
Maori, New Zealand

Stone
18th century
30.5cm

Provenance:
Collection Monique and Ismar Gosselin, France

price on request




House of Monique and Ismar Gosselin showing Patu on wall. Monique and Ismar Gosselin asked architect, polemicist and theoretician Mr.Claude Parent to build there family home just outside Paris in the 1950s.
Claude Parent was the first person in France to make a sharp epistemological break with modernism, beginning in the mid 1950s





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