Photos - page 3 - rue de Seine galleries
This page will focus on the galleries on the rue de Seine

*Text below in quotes is from the Parcours des mondes catalog

Some of the photos are better than others, the lighting situation wasn't the best for non-flash
photography. You can click on any image to see a larger version.
First stop on rue de Seine was #8 Jean-Baptiste Bacquart from London

"After having been manager of the primitve arts department at Sotheby’s in London, J.B Bacquart opened his London-based Gallery a few years ago,
specialises in primitve arts, mainly from Africa, Oceania and North America. Most of his objects are dated from pre-contact periods. J.B Bacquart is
presenting an exhibition devoted to the art from Baule/Yure and his most recent acquisitions at Parcours des Mondes 2006."

One of the great pleasures of Parcours des mondes for me this year was the opportunity to meet Jean-Baptiste Bacquart. Everyone in the African art
world knows of him through his book "
The Tribal Arts of Africa" but it was great to put a face to the book. He was one of the friendliest dealers/people I
encountered at Parcours des mondes, he was a true pleasure to talk to and I really enjoyed his exhibition of a nice selection of Baule objects.

You can see an online sampling of the objects he had on display at Parcours des mondes on pages that he set up on his website linked below: (link will open in a new window)

Below are 2 of the Baule figures he had in the show and both were very nice, each in their own way.
The one on the left sold for a nice price a couple of days into the show.
Next on rue de Seine was #1, L'Accrosonge

"Housed, on this occasion, at 27 Rue de Seine, the African sculptures of the Accrosonge exhibition guide us on an imaginary voyage to Liberia and Ivory
Coast that starts with a group of ten Dan and Kran masks from the Upper Cavally. A very beautiful pair of Baule seers, an exceptional large Dan mask
(opposite) and a large Mossi mask lead us to Burkina Faso, and then to Ghana, with, a Lobi couple from the north and an Ashanti ritual sword, with a
gold-leaf covered handle, from the centre. Next comes Nigeria with two very rare bas-reliefs from the Ibo's Ofo sanctuary. After crossing the Benue River
to discover a statue from the Gomadja region and a Basa statuette, the voyage ends with an incursion into Madagascar to marvel at a Sakalava figure.
Of course, there are also many other works to enjoy..."

She had a nice display of Bete masks from the collection of Mr and Mrs Ferrari de la Salle which can be seen below from a partial scan of a post card.
The 3 photos above are of some of the objects on display in her gallery for the show. On the left is a wonderful pair of Fon horn fetish
objects, the middle photo is a Dan mask from the exhibition catalog and the Bete mask on the right was one of my favorites from the
group on display.
(For some reason I missed taking photos of #42, Galerie Ombres, so we're headed back down the other way on rue de Seine now)

Next is #26,
John Giltsoff

John is another one of my favorite people in the Tribal art world, we really enjoyed talking to him at the show this year, he is incredibly nice and very
funny. He had a 2 level gallery space set up for Parcour des mondes that was filled with a lot of wonderful objects from North America, Africa and

John said that he picked up the Fang byeri figure he had on display 3 days before the show, it came from the Freedman Collection in Toronto.
Apparently he picked it up from Galerie Valluet-Ferrandin because they had the Fang byeri figure featured in their advertisement in the Parcours des
mondes catalog! He also had a white Fang figure in his gallery which I didn't get a good photo of but it can be seen in the photos below.
On the left is a photo of the Fang byeri figure in John Giltsoff's gallery and to the right is a scan from the show catalog from Galerie
Valluet-Ferrandin. Apparently John fell in love with it and acquired it before the show so he could have it in his gallery. The figure was said to be the
flagship piece from the Doctor Hershall Freeman (1920-2004) collection from Toronto. Apparently Dr Freeman had inherited the figure from his
father. The asking price on the figure was somewhere around $500,000, give or take $50,000.
John had 2 wonderful maternity figures in his gallery for the show, a Dogon maternity on the left and a maternity figure from Madagascar
on the right.
Next on the street was #14, Kevin Conru Gallery

"Kevin Conru is a Museum Studies graduate from London University. He created the Tribal Art and Antiquities Department at Bonhams auction house
in London, in 1988, and then moved on to open his own gallery, Conru Primitive Art, in 1993. Since then, he has divided his time between his work as
a specialist tribal art dealer and writing about the subject."

Kevin is a very nice person and he had a nice selection of objects on display for the show. My favorite objects he had on display were what I believed
to be a Tsonga staff and also a NW Coast Indian mask that had a really wonderful face to it.
The really great object shown above I believe was from New Ireland. It
sold the 2nd day of the show and I believe it went for around 40,000
euros. It was a very nice and interesting piece.
Next was #13, Claes Gallery

"Didier Claes specialises in the art of Central Africa. For more than a decade, up until 2001, he was a frequent visitor to Africa, first to the Congo and
then to many other corners of the continent. Since then, he has opened his own gallery in the Sablon district of Brussels, allowing him to definitively focus
his attentions on uncovering the top-quality objects to be found in grand collections. Didier Claes is a member of Belgium's chamber of experts and a
regular participant in fairs such as "Les Grands Antiquaires", the prestigious antiques fair in Belgium; Bruneaf and the Armory in New York."

Claes gallery had a wonderful horizontal Chi-wara in the window of their gallery space for the show. They also had a nice Luba bowstand as well as a few
other figures. I didn't get a chance to talk to anyone in the gallery, they had very few objects on display but what was displayed was very nice.
This was the last "photo" stop for me on this street. I didn't manage to take photos at #7 Angelo Attilio Attili or # 49 The
Aboriginal Art Loft but I did scan the photos and information from the catalog and they are below. I thought it was nice to
see the inclusion of Aboriginal paintings in the show. The aboriginal paintings are a continuation of traditional painting
that was done by the aboriginal people for thousands of years but in a new medium.
"Angelo Attilio Attili has been dealing with Asian and Tribal art
from 1980.

He is specialised in objects from China and South East Asia.
For the fihth edition of Parcours des Mondes the gallery will show a
selection of Indonesian, Chinese and Himalayan art pieces."
Aboriginal Art Loft
"John Joyce and Jo Broughton specialise in sourcing art direct from the
Aboriginal Communities which scatter Australia's 'Red Centre'. They have
focused on work from the Central/Western Deserts and Balgo areas, as
these Art Centres are located in beautiful yet remote landscapes and offer
some of the finest work available. Their collection includes work by Eubena
Nampitjin, Helicopter Wangkartu, Mitjili Naparrula, Paddy Stewart and, of
course, Ningura Naparrula.

At this year's Parcours des Mondes The Aboriginal Art Loft will be
presenting their stunning collec¬tion of work by Ningura Naparrula as seen
in the new Musee du quai Branly. It is the only Aboriginal Art exhibitor
direct from Australia and their presence reflects the frantic surge in
European interest for indigenous artworks."
I didn't get a photo of the front of the gallery with the Senufo Debele figures in it, so above is the piece that was in the event catalog.

Also on rue de Seine is #17,
Dimondstein Tribal Arts

"Dimondstein Tribal Arts is returning to the Parcours des Mondes with quality tribal art from West, East
and Central Africa. Dimondstein will be featuring some exceptional Makonde helmet masks and fine Lobi
figures in addition to classical objects such as a wonderful Kota guardian figure and an ancient Tellem

As always, he will be exhibiting excellent objects from Eastern Nigeria, the area in which he specializes.
Also in the gallery will be exhibitied a pair of Senufo rhythm pounders (Debles). They are magnificent and
in a style from the turn of the last century. They were purchased from Huguenin in the early 1970s."

Joshua Dimondstein is a very nice person who I met at the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Arts show this year.
The figure above was another one of my favorite pieces from the show. I can't remember the exact attribution but it is from a Chokwe related group.
The figure has an incredible presence to it.
Another gallery that I didn't take photos of was #12, Jo de Buck Tribal Art, above is the wonderful Akan terracotta head featured in the catalog.

"The Jo de Buck Gallery has been present for the past ten years amongst the internationally respected dealers on the place du Sablon in Brussels.

Jo de Buck studied art and specialized in the history and restoration of non-European art objects. Been situated in Brussels, it was almost inevitable that
his attention should rest upon the arts of the Congo. He is particularly known for his holdings in works from the Pende, Songe and the different Luba and
Kuba groups. Nonetheless, his curiosity extends beyond the frontiers of the former Belgian colonies to the arts of Gabon, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

Similarly the art of Papua New Guinea and Australia fascinates him as well. Jo de Buck collectes his objects during the course of voyages accross the
United States and Europe, and from the finest private collections. His reputation has been established at international events such as the fairs in San
Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Brussels.

For Parcours des Mondes, Jo de Buck has chosen to present an exhibition on the theme of funerary art and ancestor worship in Africa."