Join the collectors' tribe... '$28,813' Indonesian tribal art sells in Germany



2015-06-26 12:32:21

Join the collectors' tribe... '$28,813' Indonesian tribal art sells in Germany

Despite slight damage, fascination surrounding this Indonesian panel could push bids up to five figures

Forget Andy Warhol and Qi Baishi, tribal art is the name of the game at Zemanek-Mnster's upcoming sale in Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany on September 17.

Among the sale's anticipated top lots is this example of Indonesian primitive art, formerly held in a collectionat the Barbier-Mller Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Zemanek-Mnster's lot notes describe it as a "wood, dark brown patina, massive panel with a plug-like projection at the bottom, the front side covered with delicate incised ornaments."

 The Indonesian panel, formerly held in the Barbier-Mller Museumof Geneva

These ornaments are crowned by a superstructure in shape of two birds, with each bird's body arranged to face in an opposite direction.

According to the auctioneer's lot notes this piece was formerly in a Dutch private collection since the 1960s.

There is some minor damage to the panel, missing parts and abrasion. Overall, the piece measures 182cm in height by 48cm.

This ancient mask was amongthe highlights at Bonhams' $0.5mtribal art auction, last year

Despite its inevitable imperfections, due tothe history of this piece and fascination surrounding it, the panel is expected to bring 20,000 (just over $28,813) when it auctions next month.

Tribal art has proven itself to be increasingly popular with collectors over the past couple of years, as mysterious items like masks, tools, weapons, decorations and figures are sold and bought by the world's wealthiest private collectors.

As we reported in our February 2010 article, Tribal art: the new big deal for collectors, Bonhams & Butterfields' February 12 sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art that year saw its sales total more than $500,000.

Zemanek-Mnsterwill be hoping that its sale follows in this path of success, next month.

With its wealth of fascinating, mysterious and utterly unique items, tribal art willundoubtedly continue as one of the strongest collecting niches.

Watch this space for more news from the tribal art markets.

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