Ethnographica & Tribal Art

This category comprises artefacts and works of art made by indigenous peoples.

It began as a collecting area when anthropologists began acquiring and studying these items in the 19th century. Nowadays works are valued for their craftsmanship and decorative quality as well as for their historical and social interest.

The geographical spread in this sector ranges from Oceanic (Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand), African, Native American and South American art. Pre-Columbian works represent a sought-after sector – art from the Americas dating from before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

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Sales in France: Paris – Binoche et Giquello

22 October 2018

Tribal art is very much a strength of the Paris art market, with sales taking place throughout the year.

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Salisbury saleroom becomes travel hub twice a year to cover tribal art market

08 October 2018

The biannual world tour of tribal lands – Alaska to New Zealand via Arizona, Africa and Taiwan – organised by auctioneer Will Hobbs at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) offered a global view of what is an active, if often unpredictable, field.

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Parcours des Mondes loan exhibition reaches the roots of collecting

27 August 2018

As well as the themed shows, some of which are detailed on these two pages, this year’s Parcours has a loan exhibition that goes to the roots of the French tribal art collecting.

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Dealer interview: Oceanic art specialist Anthony Meyer

27 August 2018

Specialist dealer in Oceanic art Anthony Meyer, whose gallery is in the rue des Beaux Arts on the Left Bank, is one of the Paris dealers who is doubly busy this September.

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Join the tribal culture club for the Parcours des Mondes

27 August 2018

The gallery-lined medieval streets of the St-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris will be thronged with a babel of different accents and cultures during the second week of September.

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Fair lays down tribal landmarks

13 August 2018

Anniversary of Cook voyage and a book 15 years in the making underpin London event...

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Tribal art from banker and collector Adolphe Stoclet’s famous Brussels residence consigned to Christie’s

08 August 2018

Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949) made his fortune as a banker, heading the Société Générale de Belgique, which allowed him to indulge a passion for fine art and music.

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Paris showcases the world

09 July 2018

Summer tribal art sales in Paris have produced a clutch of strong results for works from different world centres, both African and Oceanic, often for pieces that came with renowned provenances. Three of them are pictured here.

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Ornaments from rare Austral Islands necklace offered at Folkestone auction

07 July 2018

A group of eight rare pendant ornaments from an Austral Islands necklace has been consigned to Grand Auctions in Folkestone.

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Tribal art previews from Paris to Vienna

28 May 2018

Three tribal art previews of objects being offered at auctions in Paris and Vienna.

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Britain catches up on colonial past with tribal art specialisation

28 May 2018

Last year the UK’s regional salerooms were treated to a generous handful of five- and six-figure bids for unappreciated masterworks of Aboriginal and Oceanian art – a Maori putorino or bugle flute sold to a French dealer for £140,000 at John Nicholson’s of Haslemere among them.

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The tribal art market's global village

28 May 2018

One of the better reflections of the art world’s global reach is the tribal art market. No longer the preserve of a handful of aficionados or avant-garde early 20th century artists, the artefacts of non-European cultures are now the subject of worldwide interest and appreciation.

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A gathering of Cultures in Brussels

28 May 2018

One of the longest-standing events in the tribal art dealing fraternity takes place this month in Brussels, a key centre of the tribal art market.

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Enjoy tribal art in relaxed rural setting

21 May 2018

Burgundy beckons enthusiasts for tribal art this week with the third edition of the Bourgogne Tribal Show.

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South Pacific ula and canoe bailer from the family of 19th century murdered missionary hammered down at auction in Dorset

14 April 2018

A South Pacific ula throwing club and a Maori canoe bailer that once belonged to an English reverend killed by cannibals in Vanuatu in the 19th century has sold at an auction at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester.

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North Nguni headrest takes more than 10 times estimate at Edinburgh auction

03 April 2018

An African headrest soared past its upper estimate to take £65,000 at a recent Edinburgh auction.

Auguste Rodin’s bronze Le Baiser (The Kiss)

Christie’s brings in three European dealers for Hong Kong showcase

02 April 2018

Christie’s is ringing the changes for its auction series in Hong Kong this spring by inviting three European dealers exhibit works at its sale venue.

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Salerooms feel the tribe is right

15 January 2018

The rising popularity of the tribal art collecting scene is tempting auction houses to take steps in that direction.

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Tribal Art at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

Tribal art has long been a Belgian speciality due to the country’s colonial history in Africa. So it is not surprising to see this area well represented at BRAFA, with around a dozen participants in this field hailing from Paris, Brussels and as far away as Montreal.

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Career launched by pocket money pottery purchases

15 January 2018

Not only is industrious Derbyshire auction house Hansons about to launch its new saleroom down south, but it is also starting a new sale format building on the popular tribal art collecting scene.

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