Civilisiations - Art in Brussels

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Art in Brussels

THIS ONLINE CATALOGUE IS INTERACTIVE All items presented are for sale and you can directly contact the concerned dealer for any inquiry by clicking on the e-mail address

Civilisations - Art in Brussels

INTRODUCTION Dear friends and art lovers, With “CIVILISATIONS – Art in Brussels”, we bring together highly regarded dealers from all over the world specialised in artworks covering Asian, Tribal and Ancient art. This fresh concept has been launched by an association of dealers based in Brussels who, as a non-profit organisation, is providing a digital platform to exhibit artworks and offering the possibility to take part in an annual eclectic art fair in the neighbourhood of the Grand Sablon, the most famous art and antiques district of Brussels. You are now about to browse through our first on-line catalogue, part of the digital platform. You can also follow us on Instagram ( and Facebook (civilisations. brussels), where we kindly invite you to visit our account and follow us. The catalogue will be updated with new members and objects on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact any of the dealers if you would like to have more information on specific artworks. All items have been previously vetted, based on high-resolution photos submitted to CIVILISATIONS experts. Our policy is to refuse artworks with the slightest doubt of authenticity or when these are not meeting the required quality. Our members are trusted dealers and will provide you with a full condition report upon demand. During the fair in Brussels, CIVILISATIONS will submit all artworks to a physical vetting prior to display. Our aim is to guarantee authenticity and quality of items shown by carefully choosing our members, all of whom are considered specialists in there field and have long standing reputations for honesty and integrity. Enjoy the masterpieces shown in this catalogue. Yours sincerely,











ASTAMANGALA Keizersgracht 574 1017 EM Amsterdam, The Netherlands : @: : :

+31 20 623 44 02 @sjoerdjandevries

BIOGRAPHY - SJOERD DE VRIES Astamangala, established in 1979, is the only gallery in the Netherlands specializing in ancient art and ethnographical objects from the Himalayan region. The gallery is situated in the world-famous Spiegelkwartier, the Amsterdam centre of art and antiques. The main focus is on art from the Tibetan Buddhist world, with a large collection of thangkas, sculptures in wood, bronze and copper repoussĂŠ, ritual objects, bookcovers, furniture, rugs and textiles from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Mongolia. Besides art from the Tibetan Buddhist world we also offer art from Nepal and India, especially bronzes, miniature-paintings on paper and textiles.



Tibet, 13th century (tested). Painted and gilded wood. Size each panel: 20 x 23 cm

Tibet, 17th-18th century. Painted wood. H: 12,5 cm

THE SUBTLE BODY WITH SIX CHAKRAS A very rare and large paubha. Extensive inscriptions with all the depicted deities, and descriptions of the different chakras. At the bottom long inscriptions with the dedication and the names of all the donor-figures. Nepal (Kathmandu), dated Samvat 965 (1845 AD.). Paint on textile. Size: 99,5 x 122 cm.


GREGG BAKER ASIAN ART 142 Kensington Church Street London, W8 4BN : @: : :

+44 (0) 20 7221 3533 @greggbakerasianart

BIOGRAPHY - GREGG BAKER Gregg Baker Asian Art established in 1985 specialises in Japanese art. Our mission is to promote the beauty and versatility of Japanese art focusing on antique Japanese screens, early Buddhist sculpture and classical works of art. The gallery now shows works from the post-war era and carries abstract painting, sculpture and calligraphy by leading Japanese artists of the mid-20th century. We have been holding regular exhibitions at the gallery and participating in several international art fairs which include TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York Fall, Frieze Masters and Asian Art in London. The gallery is instrumental in building collections for an international clientele and museums in Great Britain, U.S.A., Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Japan. In an effort to raise awareness of Japanese art, Gregg Baker lectures to students of the British Museum, V&A, SOAS (University of London), Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Christie’s Education.



A Hanging Scroll with a Shō Kannon (Bodhisattva) Japan 16th century Muromachi period Ink, colour and gold on silk Dimensions: Scroll: H. 203cm x W. 100cm (80” x 39½”) Painting: H. 122.5cm x W. 80.5cm (48¼” x 31¾”)

A Two-Fold Screen with The Uji River and Lotus beneath Its Renowned Bridge Rimpa School, Japan 17th century Edo period Ink, colour and gold leaf on paper Dimensions: H. 167cm x W. 188.5cm (66” x 74¼”)

DAINICHI NYORAI (MAHAVAIROCANA) A wood figure of Dainichi Nyorai wearing flowing robes and seated in kekka-fusa (lotus position), his hands in chiken-in mudra (Mudra of the Knowledge Fist), the hair is arranged in a tall standing top knot above the crown. Japan, 11th/12th century, Heian period Wood, a pectoral ornament in gilt metal and semi-precious stones. Dimensions: H. 67.5cm x W. 49.5cm x D. 34cm (26¾” x 19½” x 13½”) Dainichi (Great Sun) is the central and supreme deity of the pantheon of Esoteric Buddhism as represented by the Taizokai Mandara (Womb World Mandala) and Kongokai Mandara (Diamond World Mandala). In origin he has been linked to an ancient sun cult and to the Zoroastrian god of light, Ashura Mazda. Dainichi Nyorai iconographically differs from other Buddhas in that he is represented in the form of a Bosatsu, wearing silk robes and accessories such as armlets and bracelets and having long locks of hair. Dainichi may also be identified by his distinctive hand-gestures: in the Taizokai Mandara he forms the hokkai join (Concentration seal of the Dharma-realm), with both hands lying on his lap, right on top of left, palms upward and thumbs touching, while in the Kongokai Mandara he forms the chiken-in (seal of the knowledge fist), with the clenched right hand posed over the extended index finger of the otherwise clenched left hand as in this present figure.


ROSEMARY BANDINI JAPANESE ART PO Box 2281, Woodford Green IG7 5YP London, UK : @: : :

+44 (0) 7968 182292 @rosemarybandini

BIOGRAPHY - ROSEMARY BANDINI Specialising in antique netsuke and inro, Rosemary Bandini started her career at Sotheby’s before joining her husband at Eskenazi Ltd, preparing of exhibition catalogues. She has been an independent dealer since 1998 and is the author of several books about netsuke as well as a privately published book of sakazuki. A member of the board of the International Netsuke Society and editor of Euronetsuke, she also sits on the committee of the Association Franco-Japonaise. She was a co-coordinator of a netsuke symposium in London in 2010, and of International Netsuke Convention in 2013. On that occasion she curated an important exhibition of netsuke from European collections, held at the Embassy of Japan, producing the accompanying catalogue Netsuke In A Nutshell. More recently she organised the 2019 INS convention in Paris, attended by collectors from all over the world. Based in London, she now deals privately, lecturing, producing catalogues and travelling extensively buying and selling fine Japanese works of art.



A wood netsuke of a tiger, they eyes inlaid in pale horn Japan, Tanba. Artist : Shugosai Toyokazu, early-mid 19th century. L: 4.5cm Provenance: K.R. Jordan collection, Julius and Arlette collection.

Red lacquer netsuke of a zōonna mask, the young woman’s face set in a solemn expression and suggesting dignity and elegance. The back is lacquered black. Japan Artist : Homin, circa 1880. H: 4.6cm Provenance: Larry Caplan collection

CENTIPEDE ON A LOG An Iwami school netsuke carved from a section of umimatsu Japan, Iwami. Artist : Nagami Iwao, early 19th century Inscription: 石見国三階山下、永見巌、巌永堂彫刻 Iwami no kuni, Mihashi-yama no shita, Nagami Iwao, Gan’eido- cho-koku (Carved by Gan’eido-, Nagami Iwao, at the foot of Mount Mihashi-yama, Iwami Province) H: 6.3cm


ALAIN BOVIS 9 rue des Beaux-arts 75006 Paris, France : +33(0)1 56 24 09 25 @ : :

BIOGRAPHY - ALAIN BOVIS The gallery specializes in the ancient arts of Africa, Himalaya, Indonesia and Oceania. While Tribal Art is getting more and more attractive to collectors and art lovers, Alain Bovis, expert and passionate, is pursuing his search for rarities and major work of art. In his gallery, art lovers can learn about Tribal Art, make discoveries, appreciate frequent exhibitions and purchase masterworks. Beyond the excitement of discovering and the pleasure in acquiring, Alain Bovis, expert affiliated to Ordinex (the lnternational organisation of experts) and a member of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, and Véronique du Lac, director of the gallery and art historian, will give you all the required information and guarantees.



Ancient and powerfull female Gurunsi statue, Burkina Faso Height 54 cm Ex Hendrik Elias collection Published in: Hendrik Elias the legacy. p.16

Mask, Teraï région, Népal Wood, pigments, hair Height 31 cm End of the XIXe century – beginning of the XXe century Published in: -Orientations, vol.24, n°9, septembre 1993 -L’Art Tribal de l’Himalaya dans les collections privées, Alain Bovis, 2018, ill.9

SONGÉ Antique statuette Songé Eki et Kalebwe region, occidental limit heading to Tshofa, R.D.Congo Height 33 cm. Ex Collection Rik Elias Published in : Hendrik Elias the legacy. p.40


CARLO CRISTI Asian Arts Company SPRL Rue de Plancenoit 12 1401 Baulers (Nivelles), Belgium : @: : :

+39 335 5933732 @carlo.cristi

BIOGRAPHY - CARLO CRISTI Carlo Cristi has been actively collecting and dealing in the field of asian art since the early 80’s. His interests in Himalayan art date from the early 70’s when he travelled and resided in India, Nepal, Philippines and Indonesia. Sculptures in bronze, wood, terracotta, paintings ( tangkas ) and illuminated manuscripts are among his main interests along with early textiles from Central Asia and China. Several private collectors and museums are among his clientele. Since 1998 he has participating regularly to Asian Art Fairs around the world. Carlo Cristi is founding member of Asian Art In Brussels and part of the organizing committee.



India, Chandella dynasty, 11th-12th century. Stone. H : 95 cm ( 37 1/2 in.) Provenance : Ex Private Collection

Tangka. Tibet, 16th-17th century. Distemper on cotton, azurite. Size : 57 x 77 cm ( 22 1/2 x 30 1/4 ) Provenance : Ex Private Collection EU

VAJRAHUMKARA Nepal, 11th century. Copper, traces of gilding, pigments. H : 31 cm (12 1/4 in.) Provenance : Ex Nyinjei Lam Collection


JO DE BUCK - TRIBAL ARTS Minimenstraat 43 1000 Brussels, Belgium : @: : :

+32 475 84 17 29 @jodebucktribalarts

BIOGRAPHY - JO DE BUCK Jo De Buck is very inspired by the purified forms and messages from the ancient tribal world. He has specialized in high quality antiques from Africa and Oceania, mainly sculptures, masks and textiles. He said, “I have no doubt that it was the genius of the geometrical compositions on the Kuba textiles that drove me to collect genuiine art from Africa.”



Old and archaic apron which were worn by the Kuba Bushoong nobles wifes, The central panel is made in double layer of embroidery aso called ‘the portuguese stitch’ Weavings made in this technique were seen as the most prestigious of all Kuba textiles. First half 20 th century Kuba kingdom, R.D.Congo. H: 136 cm, W: 77 cm

Old raffia embroidery from the Kuba-Ngeende First half of the 20th century. Kuba kingdom, D.R.Congo H: 96 cm, W: 53 cm

KUBA - NGONGO NTSJAK Long raffia appliquĂŠ existing from 4 assembled panels .This textile was worn as a skirt. First half of the 20th century. (+- 1930) Kuba kingdom, D.R.Congo H: 236 cm, W: 78 cm


DENTSDELION 2-4-13 Taitto,Taito-ku 110-0016 Tokyo, Japan : @: : : :

+81-3-3837-1980 @dentsdelion_antiques dentsdelion harumi

BIOGRAPHY - YVAN TROUSELLE Born in 1961, Yvan Trousselle has been enjoying antiques in childhood in his family house. He studied Arts and Aesthetics at the Sorbonne in Paris before embarking in world travels, later resuming studies and completing a PhD in Sociology. Landing in Tokyo in 1986, Yvan Trousselle was for many years a newsman writing for French publications while wholeheartedly collecting Japanese antiques. In 2003 he opened Dentsdelion Antiques with his spouse Harumi in a remodelled liquor storehouse of a popular Sake brand from the Akita prefecture. Located in Shitamachi, the ancient district of Tokyo, Dentsdelion gallery is devoted to the finest works in Japanese lacquer, buddhist art, noh masks, metalwork and Imari porcelain. We also deal in Satsuma porcelain, netsuke, prints and painting and any unusual objects associating beauty and delicateness that was made for the Japanese domestic market. Mainly selling at our Tokyo store, we are also present at the Kyoto Antique Fair and we regularly assist an international clientele of collectors and institutions in finding new pieces for their collections. Publications include “La Voix du Imari”, CNRS Edition, Paris, 2008.



Kakejiku trytich. The Historical Buddha Shaka flanked by a set of eighteen Rakan, legendary Buddhist saints who have been disciples of the Buddha.The original box indicates that it was donated to the temple of Daiô-ji by Saigō Tanomo. The Saigô family held the post of karô (Chief senior councilor) to the Aizu-Matsudaira clan hereditarily, from generation to generation. (Details from paintings)

A large Imari dish in kinrande style with a central panel of a mythical Chinese lion-dog amid peonies. The border of the dish features three hoju pearls of wisdom, chrysanthemums, together with three phoenixes. The reverse is painted with flowering prunes branches around an unglazed footrim, surrounding an underglaze blue circle and five spur marks. Japan, Genroku era (1688-1704). Porcelain. H : 53,5 cm

TAMONTEN / BISHAMONTEN Tamonten is one of the 4 Four Heavenly Kings, guardians of the 4 directions (shiten’nô) but he is called Bishamonten as a focus or worship in his own right or as a guardian of the north among the jûniten, a group of 12 deities consisting of various Hindu gods, which was incorporated into Esoteric Buddhism (mikkyô) and came to supplant the Four Heavenly Kings. As the most powerful of the 12, Bishamonten presides over the north, which was understood to be the most dangerous of all directions since Evil is commonly believed to approach from the north. Wearing an angry expression and dressed in Chinese warrior armor, Bishamonten is necessarily the most fearsome of the gardians. Standing atop an evil demon, when depicted alone he often holds in his left hand a miniature stupa or pagoda, which symbolizes the Buddha’s teachings and relics, and his right hand holds a spear or trident to subjugate evil and suppress the enemies of Buddhism. Japan, early Edo-period (1603 – 1868). Cypress wood. H : 93 cm


FAMARTE Vilvoordsesteenweg 99 1860 Meise, Belgium By appointment : @: : :

+32 495 289 100 @famarte.asianart

BIOGRAPHY - FARAH MASSART Farah Massart’s enthusiasm for Asian art started more than twenty-five years ago when she began travelling intensively to Asia (India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Indonesia and Thailand). After her studies of Asian art at SOAS University London, Farah Massart started the gallery Famarte in Knokke in 2012. Famarte is now located in Meise (near to Bruxelles) where collectors are welcome by appointment. Famarte specializes in high quality sculpture and ritual objects from India, Southeast Asia and the Himalayas. Famarte focuses also on paintings and sculptures from Asian contemporary artists. Each year Famarte participates at several national and international antique fairs. Farah Massart is happy to collaborate with distinguished private collectors and build their collection with passion and pride.



A l’écoute n°3 (2019). China. Terra cotta and pigment (signed). Size: 43.5 x 26,5 x 25 cm

Dong Son period, ca 300 BCE-300 CE Cast bronze with earth incrustations Size: 9 x 8 cm (each piece)

HEAD OF BUDDHA Thailand, Ayutthaya period, 15-16th Century Bronze H: 32cm Provenance: Collection Richard and Sabine de G. from Lausanne, Switzerland




GRUSENMEYER WOLINER Rue des Minimes 17 1000 Brussels, Belgium : : @: : :

+32 475 47 57 29 (Karim Grusenmeyer) +32 495 67 77 81 (Damien Woliner) @grusenmeyerwoliner

BIOGRAPHY - KARIM GRUSENMEYER From early childhood, Karim was submerged in the world of antiques thanks to his father, Stefaan Grusenmeyer, who started his career as a dealer in 1960, and was eventually elected president of the Guild of Flemish Antiquairs. With keen interest, Karim has observed the ever-evolving career of his eclectic father spanning over 50 years and involving the arts of all continents and all periods. After a maiden voyage to China in 1985, he subsequently studied Sinology (classical and modern Chinese, modern Japanese) at the University of Gent and then spent two years (1988-1990) in Beijing, at the Academy of Fine Arts … while frequenting the Beijing antique markets.



North Indian Region (Pakistan) Graeco-Buddhist art of Gandhara, 2nd to 4th century Schist H: 22cm Provenance : Private French collection, Dr.J. Vettier, acquired in the 1970’s Photo credtit : Frédéric Dehaen – Studio Asselberghs

Myanmar, late Ava-Shan period, 17th century Stucco H : 45 and 37 cm Provenance : Macharis-Meyvaert, Deurle, acquired from St. Grusenmeyer, Antwerp, on 28 June 2002 Photo credtit : Frédéric Dehaen – Studio Asselberghs

HORUS OF EDFU Horus of Edfu trampling crocodiles. Dedicatory inscription on the base : “May Horus of Behedet give life to Iret ire son of Pa-bes born to Ta-reret(?)”. Egypt, the allies of Seth, late period, probably 26th dynasty, ca 665-525 BC Bronze H: 21,5 cm Provenance : A.S. Collection, London, 1970’s Private Belgian collection, purchased from the Gallery Haramakis Photo credtit : Frédéric Dehaen – Studio Asselberghs


HARMAKHIS RUE DES MINIMES 3 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM : +32 2 511 65 39 + 32 475 65 02 85 @ : :

BIOGRAPHY - JACQUES BILLEN Born in Brussels in 1960, Jacques Billen founded his gallery in 1988 in Sablon. A graduate in History of Art and Archaeology and Oriental Philology and History of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Jacques Billen is first and foremost a specialist in ancient Egyptian art. Nevertheless, he also offers a nice selection of Greek and Roman antiquities. In parallel with his career as an antiquities dealer, Jacques Billen is also an expert in Egyptian art. As such, he provides advice for a great number of collectors and institutions around the world, and also participates on various expert committees at several famous international fairs. Jacques Billen is a member of the following expert and antiquarian associations: Chambre Belge des Experts en Oeuvres d’Art (Belgian Chamber of Art Experts) Chambre Royale des Antiquaires et des Négociants en Œuvres d’Art de Belgique (ROCAD), International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA), Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA).



Circular plaque with a depiction of a Medusa head Roman, 1st-2nd century AD Bronze. D : 8,9 cm Provenance: Collection D. A., Belgium, 1990’s

Sculptor’s trial piece depicting the bust of god Bes Egypt, 30th Dynasty or early Ptolemaic Period, 4th-3rd century BC Limestone. H : 5 cm Provenance: Collection D., Belgium, pre-1983

KASA Shabti of General Kasa Egypt, late 18th-early 19th Dynasty, c. 1330-1290 BC Sandstone. H : 39,5 cm Provenance: Collection Count Jacques de Lalaing, Belgium, 1923 Published: Warmenbol, E., To Detail the General. An unusual votive Shabti for General Kasa, Brussels, 2019


JACQUES HOW CHOONG 19, rue des Minimes 1000 Brussels, Belgium : @: : :

+33 6 22 96 95 83 @jacqueshow

BIOGRAPHY - JACQUES HOW CHOONG Jacques How has been collecting and dealing in Chinese and South East Asian art, specialising in particular in rare early Buddhist art (he focuses on Dali Kingdom sculpture), “Barbarian kingdoms” (Dian, Ordos) as well as archaic works of art. His gallery is based in Toulouse France with a new gallery opened in April 2013 in Sablon, Brussels at 19 Rue des Minimes. Several museums, Institutions, dealers and private collectors are among his clientele.



India, 8th to 9th century Stone H: 23 cm

Tibet, 13th century. copper alloy inlaid with silver. H: 17,5 cm

JAMBHALA ON SNOW LION Artist: Olga Polunin, 2017. Oil on canvas. Size : 35 X 45 cm



GALERIE CECILE KERNER / ALEXIS FINK Rue des Minimes 14 1000 Brussels, Belgium : @: : :

+32 475 83 00 42 @galeriekernerfink

BIOGRAPHY - CECILE KERNER Being an art historian, we have been in the antiques business since 1973 - starting with tribal jewellery and travelling through Asia since then. In those plus 35 years we developed an eclectic taste and traded in our Brussels gallery African art, Antiquities, Pre-Columbian art, Tribal Art and Oriental Art such as oriental weapons, Thai sculptures and Asian tribal jewellery.



Japan, Yonezawa, 1960 Designed by Marumiya, founder of Rikizo Miyazawa. With original storage box.

an “atingting kon� or slit drum, representing an important ancestor. Vanuatu, Ambrym island, early 20th century. Erodated artocarpus altilis (bread tree). H : 2m78 Provenance : ex-collection Roger Lefevre

NAMBAN-STYLE NIMAIDO GUSOKU ARMOUR Japan, Edo-period, late 17th – early 18th century a superb armour set, exhibited at “chateau des ducs” in Nantes , during “1000 ans d’art Samourai “ and published in the catalogue Namban do gusoku armour. The Kabuto (helmet) is of koboshi type with 52 blades, signed “Joshu Ju Saotome Iyenari”. The Saotome workshop has been active since the very beginning of the Edo period (around 1600). It is a nice example of this famous blacksmith in terms of quality of construction and finish. The menpo (1/2 mask face protection) is of ryubu type in natural iron from the Iwaî workshop. A good quality menpo with an expression reminiscent of the oeibo type masks that we generally see on very high level armour. The do (breastplate) is of nimaï-do type (a hinged two parts cuirasse). Also in natural iron with very luxurious finishes in silver nunomezogan work on the top (front and back). This cuirasse is completely built in the spirit of the pieces called “Namban”. It is mounted in kusazuri in lacquered and golden leather. Noted the inome on the last slide. The sode (shoulder protections) are equally in natural iron. The Sangu (3 pieces : kote, haidate, suneate) all in natural iron and thus completely “en suite” with other parts of the armour. It is rare to see “shino” so well made and in such large numbers on the kote and the suneate. The fabric, although a little tired, shows the high level of the whole. This armour is accompanied by a beautiful pair of storage boxes including their protective leather.


KITSUNE JAPANESE ART Minimenstraat 55 1000 Brussels, Belgium : @: : : :

+32 476 87 85 69 @kitsune_japanese_art KitsuneJapaneseArt

BIOGRAPHY - ARIE VOS At the age of 8, Arie discovers the world of Japanese art thanks to an ivory netsuke given to him by a neighbour. In the years that followed, his passion for Japanese art grew steadily and made him read books on the subject. He frequented merchants specializing in Asian art and some of them took care to train him and help him in his quest for knowledge. Although he wanted to open a gallery, he first decided to become confident in business management and started his career as a finance and tax consultant. His passion for Japanese culture also led him to help Japanese companies to integrate into Europe and to overcome cultural barriers. In 1998, Arie finally decided to enter the world of Japanese art as a dealer and created his company Kitsune. In 2013 he moved to the Sablon in Brussels and became founding member of Asian Art In Brussels, of which he took presidency from 2015 onwards. In addition to his activity as a gallery owner, Arie also joined the Belgian Chamber of Experts in Works of Art as a board member. He has been exhibiting at major international art fairs.



A katatsuki-shaped iron glazed (tetsuyu) Seto-yaki tea container with a bluish ash straw glazed dripping pattern (nadare). The unglazed lower part of the cha-ire has a wonderful itokiri (spiral mark) at the bottom. Japan, Edo-period, late 18th / early 19th century. Ceramic, gold-leaf lined bone lid (buta). The storage box (kibako) and the silk bag (shifuku), both of later date. H : 10,6 cm (including lid)

A nochigama-yaki iron glazed tea container titled “asukagawade�. The Nochi kilns were firing from the Momoyama to the early Edo period. The name given to this cha-ire is linked to tea master Kobori Enshu (1579-1647) and refers to the poem by Harumichi no Tsuraki in the Kokin Wakashu poem anthology of the late Heian-period. Japan, Edo-period, 1st half 17th century. Ceramic, gold-leaf lined stag-horn lid. Enclosed in an age darkened kiri-wood box with silk storage bag. H : 9 cm

INGYO (SEAL) NETSUKE An unusual netsuke carved as a realistic group of five Reishi fungus attached by a linked chain to a bell-shaped seal reading “Takuan�, referring to the rinzaishu zen master Takuan Soho (1573-1645). We might assume that the seal was used by a representative (perhaps an abbot) of a temple with a history related to Takuan Soho. Signed by Yamada Masanao from Ise and entirely carved from a single piece of wood. Japan, late Edo-period, ca 1850-60. Boxwood. L : 16,5 cm Provenance : private American collection


GALERIE KOMMOSS Hagenauer Str. 12 10435 Berlin, Germany : @: : : :

+49 30 98541123 @galeriekommoss galeriekommoss

BIOGRAPHY - FABIAN ALEXANDER KOMMOSS Galerie Kommoss was established in 2017 by Fabian Alexander Kommoss as an online gallery specializing in high-quality Japanese fine art and antiques. Fabian lives in Germany and Italy and has graduated in East Asian art history and Japanese culture at the Free University Berlin. Currently finishing his doctoral dissertation about Zen Buddhist art in Potsdam and Zurich, he has studied and taught East Asian art in Germany, Switzerland, China, Taiwan and Japan. Being involved in the academic and museum’s context as well as in commercial art business, Fabian feels a strong responsibility for both, the desire of private clients for collecting finest Japanese art as well as for the preservation of important cultural and historical artifacts and their accessibility to the public. He is exhibiting regularly at major international art fairs.



A painting of a walking tiger mounted as a hanging scroll (kakejiku) by GenryĹŤ (dates unknown). Japan, Edo period, 18th Century. Ink on paper. Size: H 190 x W 50 cm

Japan, Edo period, 1770-1800. Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze, gold repair. D : 20,3 cm Provenance: Captain Frank Brinkley (Tokyo), Charles Stewart Smith (New York City), who donated another dish of the same set to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1893.

PAIR OF SCREENS A pair of screens painted with a Flock of Cranes by Mochizuki Gyokkei (1874-1938). Japan, Meiji period, dated 1906. Ink, colors, gofun and gold leaves on paper. Size: each H 173,5 x W 366 cm Provenance: Japanese Private Collection.


GALERIE MINGEI JAPANESE ARTS 5, rue Visconti 75006 Paris – France : @: : : :

+33 (0)6 09 76 60 68 @galerie.mingei Galerie Mingei

BIOGRAPHY - PHILIPPE BOUDIN Galerie Mingei is dedicated to the ancient and contemporary decorative arts of Japan. It has been located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in Paris for fifteen years and is run by Philippe Boudin and his daughter Zoé Niang. The gallery is well-known for its thematic exhibitions, individual artist shows and artist monographs. It has been an ambassador for the Japanese bamboo basketry used for ikebana floral arrangements in tea ceremonies, and Mingei is the most important European gallery that actively promotes this little-known art. The major international collections in this field put their faith in Galerie Mingei, and its activities involve a great deal of collaborative work and partnerships with European museums that include curatorial services, loans, and the promotion of our clients’ collections.



IIZUKA Rōkansai (Yanosuke, 1890-1958) Hanakago called “Minomushi”, basket for ikebana called “Bagworm” Signed Rōkansai saku (made by Rōkansai) Shōwa period (1926-1989), ca. 1940-1955 Bamboo hōbichiku and urushi lacquer 48 (h) x 15 x 13 cm Tomobako (original box signed by the artist)

IIZUKA Rōkansai (Yanosuke, 1890-1958) Furu-tsurube hanakago, old well-bucket shape, basket for ikebana Signed Rōkansai saku (made by Rōkansai) Shōwa period (1926-1989), ca. 1927-1934 Bamboo hōbichiku and urushi lacquer 40(h) x 22 x 22 cm Tomobako (original box signed by the artist)

Photo Michel Gurfinkel ©Galerie Mingei – Paris

Photo Michel Gurfinkel ©Galerie Mingei – Paris

IIZUKA RōKANSAI IIZUKA Rōkansai (Yanosuke, 1890-1958) Hanakago called “Senju”, basket for ikebana called “Longevity” Signed Rōkansai saku (made by Rōkansai) Shōwa period (1926-1989), ca. 1940-1955 Bamboo hōbichiku and urushi lacquer 29.5 (h) x 22 x 19.5 cm Tomobako (original box signed by the artist) Photo Michel Gurfinkel ©Galerie Mingei – Paris Photo Michel Gurfinkel ©Galerie Mingei – Paris


LA GALLIAVOLA ARTE ORIENTALE Corso di Porta Vittoria 17 Milano, Italy : @: : : :

02 76 00 77 06 @lagalliavola La Galliavola Arte Orientale

BIOGRAPHY - LA GALLIAVOLA Galliavola Arte Orientale, is an antiquarian gallery specializing in oriental art founded in the late 1970s by Patrizia Chignoli; its first seat was the prestigious castle of Galliavola - a locality in the Lombard countryside from which it takes its name. Patrizia Chignoli, attentive researcher of art objects, creator of fascinating thematic exhibitions related to the art, wisdom, habits and customs of the Far East and appreciated by all for her deep knowledge of the world and oriental art, introduces La Galliavola in the world of international antiques, making it soon reach great notoriety thanks to its ability and expertise, with attendance at international exhibitions of the highest level such as the Ceramic Fair in London and the Asian Art Fair in New York. In 1995 La Galliavola left the Pavese castle and opened in the center of Milan, in via Borgogna 9.



Soapstone figure of a wise man sitting in meditation. China 19th century height cm. 7

Princess Fujihime with straw hat and wisteria branch, signed Ikkosai. Japan, 19th century height mm. 23

JADE MOUNTAIN Jade mountain with engraved landscape. China 18th century height cm. 18.5


ALEXIS RENARD 5 Rue Des Deux Ponts 75004 Paris, France : @: : : :

+33 1 44 07 33 02 @alexisrenard_art alexisrenardgallery

BIOGRAPHY - ALEXIS RENARD Alexis Renard is a specialized dealer and expert in the field of Indian and Islamic Art. Established since 1999 on Saint-Louis Island in the heart of Paris, the gallery offers valuations, brokerage operations and research of high-quality objects for museums and private collectors, as well as buying and selling. Twenty catalogues were published since 2007. As well as trading in rare and carefully selected antiques, we have promoted Pakistani contemporary art. We are also developing a new department devoted to Cultural Content, through activities such as curatorial services for institutions, podcasts, sensory visits and expertise. Our main goal is to create links between ancient art and today’s world, showing how classical art can match contemporary subjects.



The Ganges riverfront in Varanasi Company School Ink and pigments on paper North India, First half of the 19th century Height: 32 / Width: 56 cm

Fritware with underglaze painted decoration Syria, Damascus, Late 16th century, Ottoman Empire Provenance: formerly in a private French collection, inherited in 1982. The panel at that time used to be mounted in a 19th century table. Height one tile: 27 / Width one tile: 27 cm

KHOSROW AND SHIRIN Pigments and gold on paper India, Deccan, Probably Golconda, circa 1700 Height: 26,4 / Width: 27 cm


SERGE SCHOFFEL 14, rue Watteeuw 1000 Brussels, Belgium : : @: : :

52, rue des Minimes, 1000 Brussels, Belgium +32 473 56 32 33 @sergeschoffel

BIOGRAPHY - SERGE SCHOFFEL At the dawn of his 20th birthday, a confrontation with Tribal Arts imposed itself on Serge Schoffel as a revelation. This brutal fascination led him to numerous collector journeys in the early 1990s in remote areas of the Philippines and Indonesia. He then resumed his studies to learn anthropology at the University of Paris-VIII-Vincennes. Born in France, his career as a tribal art dealer has been spanning over more than 30 years. In 2003, he established his gallery in the Brussels district of Sablon, offering a rigorous and sensitive selection of sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, Southeast Asia and the Americas. He is a member of the Belgian Association of Art Experts as well of the Belgian Royal Chamber of Art Dealers. He has also been an exhibition curator and has published numerous books and catalogues.



Vili, Democratic Republic of Congo, 19th century. Wood, glass, nails, resin, cloves, boar tusk. H 45 cm Provenance:Christies Paris, December 10th 2013, Paris, lot 110 Alain de Monbrison, Paris

Tanzania, Haya, Kagera region. 19th century Wood, nails, white pigments, fur. H: 26 cm, W: 21,3 cm Provenance: David Henrion, Sauvenière, Belgium

KANINGARA SUSPENSION HOOK This type of hook is quite rare, undoubtedly because examples were produced only in a very limited local area. The few pieces known display a dynamic style and a unique tension, and they show great age. The hook assumes an anthropomorphic form, and its entire surface is decorated with designs carved with non-metal tools. Zigzag “tears” cross the figure’s face, and the body is engraved in high relief on the front as well as on the back with various designs, a coiling rolling round being the most predominant. Papua New Guinea, Kaningara, Blackwater river, middle Sepik River area. 19th century, pre-contact. Wood, ochre and white pigments. H: 108 cm Provenance : Collected in 1935 by Charles and Régine Van den Broek d’Obrenan on the “La Korrigane” expedition (1934-1936), inv. 39.3.910. Sold at Hotel Drouot at the “Collection Océanienne du Voyage de La Korrigane”, auction of december 4th and 5th 1961, lot 158. Philip Goldman collection, London.


THE AFRICAN CONNECTION Gistelsteenweg 132 8490 Varsenare, Belgium : @: : :

+32 479 33 93 43 @vanheckeandre

BIOGRAPHY - ANDRÉ VANHECKE André developed parallel to his career in engineering a professional Art Business. In 1998 he started collecting tribal art and travelled to Africa, Japan and Australia. He soon came to the conclusion that the genuine tribal art objects where rare to find in the field and that the best artworks were already in western collections and museums. Brussels was the crossroad for most collectors. “The African Connection” was established in 2001 and housed in a 17 century building, in the heart of Bruges. In 2013 he opened a gallery in Brussels, but moved recently back to Bruges where he opened his house to all kind of collectors with a passion for Central Africa. In the logic of travelling to DR Congo he also got into contemporary African painting; now an important part of his gallery business.



Burkina Faso 1920 -1940 Wood H : 45cm Provenance : colonial collection

Mozambique, 1880-1910 Wood H : 25cm Provenance : Kevin Conru Tad Dale

MAYOMBE STATUE DR Congo before 1920 - end 19th century H : 28cm Provenance : Pierre Dartevelle in situ by I.Grenade Verviers. 1899-1922


RUT VAN CAELENBERGH Minimenstraat 47 1000 Brussels, Belgium : @: : :

+32 476 43 58 76 @rutvancaelenbergh

BIOGRAPHY - RUT VAN CAELENBERGH Rut grew up among art. From early childhood she was mostly fascinated by masks and statues and what these represented in the different civilisations respectively. She loved to visit museums and galleries all over the world. Very soon she was convinced to dedicate her professional life to tribal art. In 1995 she opened her gallery at the Sablon in Brussels covering mainly African and Oceanic art, but her knowledge goes far beyond. The quality of the pieces is confirmed by their presence in renowned museums, publications, sales rooms and collections. Rut is also known in Flanders from “Rijker dan je denkt”, a television programme similar to the Antiques Road Show. Rut is always interested in discovering fine works of art.



This type of shield is found in New Georgia and is referred to as a “lave kubere” , a ceremonial shield owned by chiefs and used in commercial territorial transactions (never in battles). 19th century Wooden frame interlaced with wicker. H: 84 cm

A rare South African prestige staff carved with the head, torso and arms of a chief. This male figure is represented wearing a head-ring, symbol of marriage and maturity. The incredible carving skills seen in the sensitive expression of the face and the loose-carved arms betray the hand of a master, most probably attached to the Royal Court. 19th century Reddish hardwood, metal inlaid eyes. H: 138 cm Provenance : Ex-Alain Guisson, Belgium

GURUNSI MASK Burkina Faso, late 19th / early 20th century Wood, pigments. H: 56 cm, W: 62 cm Provenance: Entwistle, from a private English collection



MICHAEL WOERNER Bangkok – Hong Kong By appointment : : @: :

+ 66 89 224 9678 (Thailand) + 49 172 660 45 22 (Worldwide) @micwoerner88

BIOGRAPHY - MICHAEL WOERNER For over a quarter of a century Hong Kong- and Bangkok-based Michael Woerner has been specialized high-quality works of art from all over Asia, South America and Medieval Europe. His profound knowledge and hands-on experience, in particular of the early cultures of Southeast Asia, has helped to build major collections worldwide, both public and private. Michael Woerner is a regular and long-time participant of major art fairs in Europe and the U.S. His well-researched catalogues received critical acclaim from scholars, collectors and colleagues alike. An extensive network, in particular in the U.S., in Europe and in Japan supports his vision to continuously offer rare and unusual works of art. Due diligence is taken seriously: all objects are well-documented and furnished with a certificate of the ART LOSS REGISTER, London.



Indonesia, South Nias, late 19th - early 20th century. Palm wood. H. 48.5 cm Provenance: Private Collection, Netherlands. Exhibited: “MATERNITÉ”, Abbaye de Cluny, France, May – July 2017.

Female Ancestor Figure. Indonesia, Nias, 19th century. Wood, traces of pigments. H: 38cm Provenance: Rheinische Mission (collected 1907); Henry Blekkink Collection, Netherlands; Private Collection, Netherlands; Davide Manfredi, Paris; Private Collection, France.

WAURA MASK Central Brazil, Upper XingĂş, Rio Batovi, early 20th century. Wood, fibres and old label. H: 29 cm. Provenance: Harald Schultz, anthropologist, Sao Paolo, Brasil (1909-1966); acquired from the above in the 1960s by Alicia and Gugliemo Rossi, Sao Paolo, Brasil; Lempertz Brussels, 31.1.2018, lot 249.


YUKARI YOSHIDA - SAGEMONOYA Yotsuya 4-28-20-704 Shinjuku-ku TOKYO 160-0004, Japan

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+ 81 (0) 90 3573 2084 @sagemonoya

BIOGRAPHY - YUKARI YOSHIDA In 1994, Yukari Yoshida joined SAGEMONOYA, the only gallery in Japan specialized in antique Netsuke and Sagemono (Inro, Ojime, pipe cases, Yatate, etc.). She became the managing director of the gallery in 2005. Her local and international clients appreciate her studies in old Japanese writing and in-depth knowledge of the country’s history and legends. She participated in most Conventions of the International Netsuke Society (INS), during which she gave various lectures. For many years, she was the co-author of the Q&A section of the INS Journal. She appeared in several television shows about Japanese art and published books on Netsuke. Yukari Yoshida is a member of the Board of the Japanese Netsuke Kenkyukai.



A wood Netsuke of a monkey holding a Nusa (a wooden wand used in Shinto rituals) with Shige (zig-zagging paper streamers). Signed Shugetsu, 18th century. Size: 74 mm

A very large stag antler Ryusa Manju Netsuke representing a tiger and bamboo. Unsigned, early 19th century. Size: 69 mm

TAIRA NO KOREMOCHI A wood Netsuke representing Taira no Koremochi in front of a tree in which an Oni is hiding. Signed Mitsuhiro with Kao, 19th century. Size: 65 mm



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