Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
A native of the art world, Charles Wesley-Hourdé began his professional career with a booth at the Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris in 2005. He opened a gallery devoted to his area of predilection and specialty in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area in the heart of Paris’ African and Oceanic art neighborhood the following year. He participates in many international art shows and regularly organizes exhibitions at his gallery as well. In 2010, Christie’s engaged him to work in their Department of African and Oceanic art. Under his leadership, the department saw sales multiply by a factor of three in the space of five years, and a number of world record auction prices were achieved. Now with more experience, knowledge and ability than ever before, Hourdé returned to being independent and to devoting himself to various more personal projects in 2016. While remaining a consultant for a number of auction houses and private collectors, he opened a gallery again in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (first on the rue Mazarine and then on the rue de Seine). He has organized several major shows at these locations since then, most notably Passeurs de Rêves in 2016, L’Emprise des masques in 2017, and Pigalle 1930: retour sur une exposition mythique in 2018. His in-depth understanding of the artworks he handles and their history is apparent in the catalogs he publishes. They are abundantly illustrated and supply a wealth of documentation. He is the author of the most complete study on famed woodworker Kichizô Inagaki, and was the co-director of a publication on the African and Oceanic art show held at Galerie Pigalle in 1930 that has established itself as a major reference work in the literature.
Africa, America and Oceania
I became an accredited member of the Compagnie d’expertise en antiquité et objets d’art (CEA) in 2005, and its vice president in 2009. On December 18, 2012, the president of the Université Panthéon-Assas conferred the degree of Art Expert upon me. In 2015, I became a member of the Syndicat français des experts professionnels en oeuvres d’art et objets de collection (SFEP), in which I am an expert on the arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. I have participated in numerous major art shows and fairs, including the Parcours des Mondes in Paris, BRUNEAF in Brussels, TEFAF in Maastricht, Biennale on Paris and Burgundy Tribal Show in Besanceuil.
Egyptian Archeology and of the Mediterranean Basin
Galerie Eberwein has dealt in art from ancient Mediterranean civilisations for forty years. Today, Antonia Eberwein, daughter of the founder Roswitha Eberwein, ensures the continuity and successof the company at the gallery in the Saint-Germain district in Paris. The gallery specializes in Egyptian art and objects from neighbouring cultures, dating from 3500 BC to the Coptic period of about 1000 AD. Each object is examined for authenticity and provenance and has a complete dossier detailing its history and cultural context, relevant publications and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The gallery presents a collection of museum value pieces, offering high quality objects that correspond to the budgets of experienced collectors and those starting their collections. The gallery’s close relationship with important figures in the domain of ancient art and their international clientele testify to their reputation worldwide. A member of IADAA, SNA and the Verband der Kunst und Antiquitätenhändler Niedersachsen, the gallery is affiliated to CINOA and participates regularly in international fairs including BRAFA Brussels, TEFAF, PAD, BAAF Brussels, BAAF Basel and Westdeutsche Kunstmesse and Kunstmesse München.
Ancient Art of North America, Oceania and Africa
Founded in 1990, Galerie Flak specializes in the antique art of North America, Africa, and Oceania. Julien Flak is accredited as an expert by the Chambre Européenne des Experts Conseil en Œuvres d’Art (CECOA) in the areas of North American and Oceanic art. The gallery highlights art forms that are little represented in Europe (archaic Eskimo works and kachinas, for example), as well as the more classical arts of Africa and Oceania. The artworks we present are distinctive for the purity of their forms, their pedigree, and their aesthetic excellence. Our recent exhibitions include AfriCubsime (2019), Sepik (2018), The American Dream (2015), Eskimo Archaïque (2014), Nigeria (2013), and Polynesia (2012).
Indonesian, Oceanic and Philippines art
Farrow Fine Art Gallery is committed to selling authentic antique tribal art, weapons, swords, and shields from Indonesia, The Philippines, Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. I take pride in selling authentic antique tribal art that was made for, and used by the traditional culture, and all purchases come with an unconditional guarantee of authenticity.
Ancient Egyptian Art and Antiquities
Lucien Viola, grandson of the well-known antiquities dealer Maurice Nahman, is an art historian, collector, and antiquities dealer specializing in Egyptian art. The Viola-Nahman family has been involved in the Egyptian objects trade since 1890. He has worked closely with Ernest Kofler, the major Swiss collector of Egyptian art. Following his art studies at New York's Institute of Fine Arts in the early 1970s, Viola opened Galerie l’Ibis in New York and remained there until 1995. From 1995 through 2012, he pursued an interest in Berber art and put together a major collection of Moroccan artworks that will soon be on display at a private museum in Marrakech. Beginning in 2012, he returned to directing his Egyptian art gallery and since then has participated in many important international art fairs. He has donated Egyptian works to the Musée du Louvre and the Boston Museum of Fine arts, among other institutions. He is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, BRUNEAF (the Brussels Non-European Art Fair), and the Société Française d’Egyptologie.
ALEXANDER ANCIENT ART
Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Classical Art
Alexander Ancient Art was established in 1991 by Egyptologist Alexander Biesbroek, a collector of ancient art since 1972 who has worked as consultant for collectors of ancient art worldwide. The gallery, based in the Netherlands, offers a wide range of authentic, high quality antiquities from Egypt, the Near East, the Classical world and the Pre-Columbian Americas. Every object is carefully vetted for ancient authenticity and is unconditionally guaranteed in writing to be genuine and as described. Alexander Ancient Art is a member of ADCAEA, LAPADA and CINOA and has exhibited or is exhibiting at major art fairs like BAAF, BRUNEAF, London Olympia Art.
Asian, African, Oceanic works of art and textiles
The first of many visits to Indonesia in 1974 resulted in Jonathan Hope’s lifelong fascination with the arts and culture of Southeast Asia. Soon after returning to London he began trading in textiles and in 1977 he worked on the first ever museum exhibition of Southeast Asian ikat in the United Kingdom at the Abbot Hall Museum in Kendal, Cumbria. The curator was the museum’s director, the late Mary Burket OBE, and all the textiles were from Hope’s own collection.
Over the next decade he travelled extensively in Asia, from Tibet to outer island Indonesia. During this time, a widening circle of international collectors and museums became regular clients.
Research was always important to Jonathan and he published numerous articles on various subjects, usually for Hali magazine, the textile journal, for which he is also a contributing editor. His acquired knowledge and first hand experience of Asian artifacts and culture meant that he has often been invited as a guest lecturer by several institutions. These include the Sotheby’s education course, the Textile and Rug Society of Great Britain, the British Museum BA course and more recently S.O.A.S.
After spending much time in museums studying their collections of world, ethnographic art, he began acquiring examples of sculpture and metalwork from the countries in which he had travelled. Many of these pieces are now in important private and public collections, including the Australian National Gallery, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac.
In 2011 his collection of fine Javanese batik and Indian export textiles, made for Indonesia, was exhibited at the Edinburgh International Festival. The show was called “Heirlooms” and was curated by Jonathan Hope himself. It attracted much attention and was favourably reviewed by the world’s press, from “the Hindu” to “the Wall Street Journal”.
Parcours has become an annual event for Jonathan and he greatly enjoys the interaction with both academics and amateur collectors from so many countries.
Islamic and Indian art
Alexis Renard is a specialized dealer and expert in the field of Indian and Islamic Art, based in Paris (Île Saint Louis) for 20 years. The gallery offers valuations, brokerage operations and research of objects for museums and private collectors, as well as buying and selling. Works of arts purchased by the gallery are now housed in major museums and institutions worldwide : Musée du Louvre, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Musée Ariana Genève, the David Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Institut du Monde Arabe, or the Sadberk Hanim Müzesi.
Alexis Renard is an Expert Member of the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés (CNES) and a Member of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA).
Jean-David Cahn AG was founded in 1999 and continues a proud family tradition that reaches back for over 150 years. The gallery specialises in ancient Greek and Roman art and is directed by the classical archaeologist Jean-David Cahn, who is the fourth generation of his family to be an art dealer. The offering of artworks spans several millennia, from ca. 4000 B.C. to 400 A.D., and includes sculptures and statuettes made of marble, bronze, and terracotta, black- and red-figure vases, glass, jewellery and coins. A selection of objects is on display in our gallery at Malzgasse 23 in Basle. Furthermore, Cahn AG participates in the art fairs TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York and La Biennale Paris. Jean-David Cahn is a board member of TEFAF and advises both experienced and new collectors. His clientele includes private collectors worldwide as well as important museums such as the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the Glyptothek, Munich, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, and the Antikenmuseum and Sammlung Ludwig, Basel.
J. BAGOT - ARQUEOLOGíA - ANCIENT ART
J.BAGOT Arqueología - Ancient Art have been dedicated professionally to the sale of ancient art since the year 2005. Since our beginnings our philosophy has been to collect each object with care, based on criteria like the intrinsic beauty of the object, its aesthetic value and , of course, its historic importance. Lovers of classical antiquity who come to our new gallery, right in the centre of the city of Barcelona, will be able to take pleasure in viewing extraordinary works from Greek and Roman culture, comprehensively represented with large sculptures and ceramic vases; works like figurines and sarcophagi from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; carefully selected objects from Pre-Columbian culture and also from the Kingdom of Gandhara and Ancient China. We supply private collections and public institutions throughout the world with works of high quality. It is at the same time a priority of our organization to serve all collectors, and we do this through offering both pieces of museum quality along with pieces for more modest collections , both with the same dedication and the same guarantees. Ancient Works of art from our gallery can be found in the following public and private institutions: Museo Arqueológico Nacional (Madrid), Museo de las Américas (Madrid), Museo del Vino (La Rioja), Museu del Cava Canals (Barcelona), Museo Valdelana (La Rioja), Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig (Suiza), Umi-Mori Art Museum (Hiroshima) y Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Leiden). Another objective of the gallery J. BAGOT Arqueología – Ancient Art is to offer to the public and art lovers in general the possibility to see temporary exhibitions and publicize fully the works included in them. A recent example of this is the publication of a catalogue of the archeological collection of the Spanish artist, Ignacio Zuloaga – a collection begun by his father and completed by the artist himself – and made up of a small group of excellent examples of ancient classical ceramics. Another is the exhibition we held in Madrid of the biggest private collection in the country of rings, intaglios and cameos – made up of more than two thousand pieces – from all ancient epochs: from the earliest examples from the 6th millennia BC in the Middle East pieces from ancient Egypt, Greece, Phoenicia, Carthage, Pre-Roman Europe, the Roman Empire, The Byzantine Empire, Medieval Europe, the Islamic world the Renaissance and finally to works from the 19th Century. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue setting out the finest examples, and is in fact the most complete document of ancient rings published in spanish.