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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Figure for Malagan, Hamba Region, New Ireland
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Figure for Malagan, Hamba Region, New Ireland
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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Figure for Malagan, Hamba Region, New Ireland

Provenance

Augustin Krämer, collected in situ
Ernst Heinrich, Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, Oceanic and African Art from the Heinrich Collection, Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, October 21, 1967, lot 70
Aaron & Joyce Furman, New York, acquired at the above auction
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

The present figure, from New Ireland in the Bismarck Archipelago, was reportedly collected in situ by Augustin Krämer, the famous German naturalist and ethnographer who in 1925 pronounced that 'the art of the Bismarck Archipelago is the pinnacle of the development of original art on earth'.

The figure was subsequently in the collection of Ernst Heinrich, whose great passion was for objects from New Ireland and the Bismarck Archipelago. Heinrich 'traveled all over Germany asking former colonials about any possible artifacts that they might have brought back [...]' (Conru, ed., Bismarck Archipelago Art, 2014, p. 61) and over the course of several decades he assembled an extraordinary collection, which he housed in his 'Kannibalen Haus'. An interior photograph of the 'Kannibalen Haus' shows Heinrich astride a rocking horse in front of uli figures and malagan carvings, including the the present figure.

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