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97th Auction
2021-11-06

Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbia
Fine old art from Africa, Oceania, Asia and America. The Munich private collection of Dr. Walter Grasser. The Dutch collection of Piet Lepelaar (Part 2).

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97th Auction
Nigeria, Yoruba - Ijebu
Lot: 252
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Karl-Ferdinand Schädler, Munich, Germany
Neumeister, Munich, 15 October 2009, Lot 1316
Bettina Rübesam, Munich, Germany
H: 25.8 inch 480 EUR
Lot: 253
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Private Collection, Antwerp, Belgium H: 18.3 inch 600 EUR / 1200 EUR
Nigeria, Yoruba
Lot: 254
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British Collection
Adrian Schlag, Brussels, Belgium
H: 59.1 inch 6000 EUR / 12000 EUR
Lot: 255
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Mareidi & Gert Stoll, Munich, Germany (coll. in situ, 1965-67)
Zemanek-Münster, 22 March 2014, Lot 479
Bettina Rübesam, Munich, Germany
H: 30.7 inch 3500 EUR
Nigeria, Ekiti, Efon Ala(a)ye, Yoruba, Adesina workshop
Lot: 256
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German Private Collection H: 19.7 inch 500 EUR
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Vittorio Mangio, Monza, Italy (1970)
Bettina Rübesam, Munich, Germany
H: 16.5 inch 2000 EUR
Nigeria, Yoruba, Egbado
Lot: 258
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Dutch Collection, Rotterdam H: 9.6 inch 500 EUR
Nigeria, Yoruba, Egbado, Akinola from Joga Orile
Lot: 259
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Dutch Collection, Rotterdam H: 8.7 inch 2000 EUR
Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo, Oshogbo
Lot: 260
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German Collection (acquired 1970 / 71) H: 11.9 inch & 12.1 inch 750 EUR
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Gert Stoll, Berchtesgaden, Germany
Ahrends, Bad Godesberg, Germany
H: 10.6 inch 1600 EUR
Lot: 262
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Sulaiman, Diane, New York City, USA H: 25.2 inch 800 EUR
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B.C. Holland (1922-1994) Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago
Arte Primitivo, New York, 29 July 2020, Lot 407
Private Collection, Chicago
H: 8.5 inch x 8.1 inch 3200 EUR
Lot: 264
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Ketterer, Munich, 10. Dezember 1988, Lot 189 H: 3.9 inch 600 EUR
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German Private Collection, Hamburg (coll. in situ 1959-1965)
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 28 June 2014, Lot 390 (part of convolute)
French Collection
H: 16.5 inch 250 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Babanki / Bali Nyonga / Oku
Lot: 266
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Jo de Buck, Brussels, Belgium L: 40.6 inch 2000 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Babanki
Lot: 267
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American Private Collection L: 18.7 inch 500 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bafo / Kundu / Kusu
Lot: 268
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Ludwig Bretschneider (1909-1987), Munich, Germany
Ulrich Klever (1922-1990), St. Georgen, Germany (since 1980s)
German Private Collection
L: 7.1 inch 950 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bafo / Ngolo
Lot: 269
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Helmut & Marianne Zimmer, Zurich, Switzerland H: 11.6 inch 2500 EUR
Lot: 270
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Jack Faxon (1936-2020), Detroit / Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA H: 9.1 inch 5500 EUR / 10000 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamenda
Lot: 271
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Adolf Diehl (1870-1943), Oppenheim, Germany (coll. in situ, between 1907-12)
Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Diehl worked as Chief Representative of the Society for Northwest Cameroon. He collected hundreds of objects on commission for the Leipzig & Stuttgart Ethnographic Museum between 1907 and 1912.
H: 3 inch & 3.3 inch 1200 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Fontem Valley, Bamileke / Bangwa
Lot: 272
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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979), New York City, USA,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 14 November 1980, Lot 200

H. 18.1 inch 5200 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke / Bangwa
Lot: 273
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Old British Collection (coll. in the 1960s / 70s) H: 15.4 inch 3000 EUR / 6000 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke / Bangwa
Lot: 274
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French Collection H: 14.6 inch 600 EUR / 1200 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke
Lot: 275
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American Private Collection L: 29.9 inch 1500 EUR / 3000 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke / Batíe-Bangangte / Bangu
Lot: 276
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Christie's, London, 4 July 1989, Lot 52
Paul W. Doll, Jr., Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, USA
H: 47.6 inch 36000 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke
Lot: 277
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Jack Faxon (1936-2020), Detroit / Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA H: 7.1 inch; D: 7.1 inch 800 EUR / 1600 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Bamum / Bamileke
Lot: 278
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German Private Collection L: 19.3 inch 450 EUR / 900 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Kom / Tikar
Lot: 279
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Wolfgang & Vera Nerlich, Munich, Germany H: 3.1 inch 650 EUR
Cameroon Grassfields, Upper Cross River Area, Ekoi complex, Widekum / Anyang
Lot: 280
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French Private Collection H: 10.6 inch 1200 EUR
Cameroon / Nigeria, Boki
Lot: 281
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French Private Collection H: 14.2 inch 600 EUR
Cameroon (South), Lokoundjé River Region, Fang-Ngumba
Lot: 282
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Harvey & Anuschka Menist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, 13 November 1982, Lot 317
Loudmer, Paris, 29 June 1989, Lot 388
Philipp Konzett, Graz, Austria
Theo Poppmeier, Graz, Austria
Kevin Conru, Brussels, Belgium (2004 )
Cecile Kerner, Brussels, Belgium (2006)
Cédric Le Dauphin, Paris, France
Dorotheum, Vienna, 24 September 2012, Lot 61
H: 22.8 inch 35000 EUR / 50000 EUR
Cameroon, Namchi (Dowayo)
Lot: 283
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Michel Gosse, Caen / Paris, France
Yves & Ewa Develon, Paris, France
H: 15.2 inch 1800 EUR
Cameroon, Tikar
Lot: 284
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French Private Collection H: 16.1 inch & 16.3 inch 300 EUR
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German Private Collection 450 EUR / 900 EUR
Gabon, Fang
Lot: 286
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French Private Collection H: 7.1 inch 2500 EUR / 5000 EUR
Gabon, Fang
Lot: 287
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Alain Dufour, Saint Maur, France H: 14 inch 400 EUR
Gabon, Kota
Lot: 288
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Helga Seidl (1928-2005), Austria / Africa

Helga Seidl came from Upper Austria and studied medicine in Vienna after the second World War. She left Austria in the late 1950s and worked for several years as a doctor in Albert Schweitzer's jungle hospital in Lambaréné in Gabon, Central Africa. After her time in Lambaréné, she continued to work as a doctor and as a development aid worker in many other African countries, including Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

During this time she built up an extensive collection consisting of ethnographic objects, archaeological artefacts, minerals, fossils, as well as other curiosities. During occasional stays at home, she deposited parts of the collection with relatives in Vienna from the 1970s onwards.

Most recently, she ran a small medical station in Mauritania on the border with Mali, where she tragically fell victim to a crime in 2005.
500 EUR
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Michel Gaud, Saint Tropez, France H: 11.4 inch 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR
Gabon, Punu
Lot: 290
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French Colonial Collection
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 22 March 2014, Lot 535
German Private Collection
H: 12.8 inch 800 EUR / 1600 EUR
Lot: 291
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French Private Collection H: 19.7 inch 4000 EUR
Gabon, Tsogho / Vuvi
Lot: 292
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American Collection H: 14.2 inch 2000 EUR / 4500 EUR
Gabon, Tsogho
Lot: 293
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Old German Collection H: 26.2 inch 500 EUR
Gabon, Vuvi / Sango / Tsogho
Lot: 294
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American Collection H: 11 inch 4900 EUR
D. R. Congo, Eastern Congo, Kivu & Maniema
Lot: 295
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H: 5.6 inch 600 EUR / 1200 EUR
D. R. Congo, Lower Congo province / Northern Angola, Mboma
Lot: 296
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German Private Collection, Rüthen H: 12.8 inch 1200 EUR / 2500 EUR
D. R. Congo / Angola, Loango
Lot: 297
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French Collection H: 24.6 inch 2500 EUR
D. R. Congo, Banda / Mbugu / Yakpa / Wada / Gbodo
Lot: 298
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L: 15.7 inch 400 EUR / 800 EUR
Lot: 299
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Old French Collection H: 6.7 inch 2000 EUR
Lot: 300
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Philippe Laeremans, Brussels, Belgium H: 6.3 inch 2900 EUR
D. R. Congo, Eastern Bembe, Buyu / Nyindu
Lot: 301
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probably James Willis, San Francisco, USA
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, Germany, 12 May 2007, Lot 360
H: 10.6 inch 900 EUR