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Baule, Côte d'Ivoire, asie usu

Collector's Items Sale

Whether it's provenance or starting price, there are surprising finds to be made in the Collector's Items Sale, including this wonderfully graceful Baule figure.

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Face mask "gu", Guro, Côte d'Ivoire, Meister von Gohitafla

Master of Gohitafla

This graceful and detailed mask from the Guro, modeled on a "beautiful woman", could be ascribed to the Master of Gohitafla who was active in the 1920s / 30s.

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Collection Rolf Huisgen, Munich

Art works from the Rolf Huisgen Collection

His credo: collecting is like science. You only have to expose yourself to art and science long enough and then again and again. That is the only way to get closer to knowledge. Like no other...

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Collection Knud Nielsen, CoBrA

Art works from the Knud Nielsen Collection

Knud Nielsen is one of the most important artists of Denmark in the 20th century. Artistically and philosophically he was very close to the CoBrA movement. This magnificent "sweating" Turka figure from Burkina Faso was part of his collection.

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Gabon, Kota, Ndassa, Collection Edmondo Trombetta

Art works from the Trombetta Collection

A large number of art pieces can be found in noted private collections and in art museums such as the Bundu helmet masks of the Mende-Vai, icons of this mask type, now in the art collection of Vittorio Carini, or the ivory horn which can now be found in the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco. 12 important works will now be on offer.

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pre-Columbian Collection Guenther Hartmann, Berlin

Pre-Columbian works from the Hartmann Collection

It seems as if ethnology was part of his DNA. Günther Hartmann from the Staatliche Museen Berlin was a staunch field researcher, his research area being the material culture of the indigenous peoples of Iberian America. The auction presents a curated selection of his collection.

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Open Sale

Are you interested in antique art from Africa, Australia, Asia, Oceania and The Americas? In our depot you will find more than 460 tribal art objects from European collections, which you can directly purchase at the minimum price.

There is always something to discover!

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Anthropomorphic dance crest
Lot: 3047308

Cameroon / Nigeria, Cross River, Anyang (Banyang)

Parade shield "tafa"
Lot: 3047291

Ethiopia, Amhara

Figure of a "hermaphrodite"
Lot: 3047290

Mali, Dogon


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95th Tribal Art Auction

African, Oceanic & pre-Columbian Art. Art works from European private collections. Selected works of art from the collections of Günther Hartmann (Berlin), Rolf Huisgen (Munich), Knud Nielsen (Jelling) and Edmondo Trombetta (Monza)

Voyage Tribal Art - Live Online Auction

Voyage Tribal Art - an art trip to the impressive works of Old America, Asia, Australia and Africa as well as to the antiquities of Europe and Egypt

94th Tribal Art Auction

Fine old Tribal Art from Africa, Australia, Oceania, Asia and America. The Stockholm Tribal Art Collection of Peter Willborg (special catalogue). Art works from Africa and Oceani from the Swiss private collection of Walter Stanley Schwab. Pre-Columbian artworks from the German private collection of Anna Maria Posset.

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Wherever in the world non-European art plays a role, the name Zemanek-Münster in Wurzburg is on peoples lips.

The specialists have long been an international hub for the tribal art market, a hub though that proudly stands outside of the major art centres....

The numbers speak for themselves. 2,000 carefully selected works in four auctions per annum, many of which are from old private collections. This is only a small part when compared with the thousands of objects that we have reviewed over previous years whether that be on-site or at the auction house, that is in a former boilermakers workshop with a skylight roof.

We take our time ! Time for tribal art, for our customers and collectors, no matter how much experience they have. Building a successful collection cannot be done in passing but is a lengthy process of training the eye. There isn’t a fast-food recipe for this ! ...

We give you time ! Whether for consultations, estimates, assessments, or if you want to dissolve an estate. Our team of experts in Wurzburg, as well as our representatives in Antwerp and New York, are ready to support you with their knowledge and expertise.

You will find world-class Tribal Art in Wurzburg ! Since 2006, Zemanek-Münster has been listed in the 'Bundesverband deutscher Kunstversteigerer e.V. (BdK)'. It is a small select circle, for leading German art auction houses that have been chosen on recommendation.

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