DAN FIGURATIVE LADLE, IVORY COAST
- Height: 24 1/4 in (61.6 cm)
Constance Seabrook, Brooklyn, by inheritence from the above
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, acquired from the above on August 2, 1943 (stock book no. "1355")
William Buehler Seabrook (1886-1945) was a noted American travel writer and journalist, best known for his monographs Jungle Ways (1930) and Asylum (1935). In Seabrrok's obituary, Winifred Van Duser (1945) noted: "Big lusty, restless, red-haired William Buehler Seabrook spent more than 20 years seeking fantastic adventure, then putting what he found into books which thrilled some, shocked many. [... His was] the strange career of one of the strangest personalities of the era, an enigma even to himself. The career moved to staccato rhythm up and down the world, into and out of civilization. Sometimes it blazed with color. Often it was darkened by the shadow of forbidden things. But it never was commonplace. Even his private life was packed with melodrama. Seabrook lived as a member of a Bedouin tribe. He joined the Druses in the Arabian mountains, moved on into a monastery at Tripoli. He crossed and explored the Sahara by airplane. He lived with Zezides devil worshipers in Kurdistan. He became a disciple of voodoo worshipers in the mountains of Haiti. He joined cannibals in their banquets in Africa. [...]"