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l’Argent de la Lune / Das Silber des Mondes a book review by Alaa Eddine Sagid

l’Argent de la Lune / Das Silber des Mondes a book review by Alaa Eddine Sagid

Interest in North African jewelry dates back to very early French colonial times in Algeria. Tens of publications are readily available for the keen and the passionate to survey the wealth of adornments from this rich region. Early explorers, ethnographers, photographers and state scholars have compiled tremendous and precious data in this field. They would… Continue Reading

The Global City – A book launch at the Mayfair Gallery of Michael Backman. Review and comment by Sarah Corbett.

The Global City – A book launch at the Mayfair Gallery of Michael Backman. Review and comment by Sarah Corbett.

by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend  (Editor), K.J.P. Lowe (Editor) Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing (December 19, 2015) ISBN-13: 978-1907372889 A bridge between the world of the historian and the world of the collector. A concept which seems obvious, a concept which requires ‘two way traffic’. As one whose awarenesses are deeply rooted within the realm of collectors and gatherers, I frequently dip into… Continue Reading

Review- Musee des Bijoux Nawahi, Marrakech 

Review- Musee des Bijoux Nawahi, Marrakech 

Amongst the labyrinthine alleyways of the medina of Marrakech lies a small gem of a museum. This ancient riad has been renovated in a stylish and imaginative fashion to house a collection dedicated to the jewellery of North Africa. With an especially good Tuareg collection on the ground floor including fabrics and jewels from the… Continue Reading

Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba, c. 1300 AD, by Prof. Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University – Review by Barbara Steinberg

Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba, c. 1300 AD, by Prof. Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University – Review by Barbara Steinberg

Suzanne Preston Blier is our guide and intellectual archaeologist, unearthing the relationship between Yoruba history and art in Ife, Southwestern Nigeria. She meticulously describes how much risk people took to create some of the most beautiful copper-cast and terracotta statues ever made. The statues preserve Yoruba identity and serve as both witnesses to history and… Continue Reading

BERBER WOMEN OF MOROCCO by Leonor Arno Pons

BERBER WOMEN OF MOROCCO by Leonor Arno Pons

I’ve visited this week this magnificent exhibition in the Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation located in Paris, not far from the Quai Branly Museum. The quality of the jewels exhibited is amazing, items which are impossible to see on the market anymore. A big part of them are from the own collection of Yves Saint Laurent and… Continue Reading

Auction of Judaica By Barbara Steinberg

Auction of Judaica   By Barbara Steinberg

On March 12, 2014, Kestenbaum & Company held an auction of fine Judaica. The results are not in yet. Highlights include a manuscript page from Flavius Josephus’s “De Antiquitate Judaica.” It was translated by Rufinus Aquileiensis in October of 1499. Est: $4000 – $6000. There are two ketubas, or marriage contracts: The first was written… Continue Reading

Paris Auction of Ethnic Jewellery 12th Feb 2014

Paris Auction of Ethnic Jewellery 12th Feb 2014

  Leaving the UK at 4.45 am in the middle of a serious weather event to catch a train going under the sea and all of the storms and floods may have seemed more surreal were I not so sleep deprived! The Eurostar seat was beckoning as a great place for a much needed sleep… Continue Reading

Book review – Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment – by Truus Daalder

Book review – Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment – by Truus Daalder

Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment – by Truus Daalder Author: Truus Daalder  Photographs: Jeremy Daalder Editor: Joost Daalder ISBN: 978-1-921394-28-7  Published by Ethnic Art Press, Adelaide, 2009  and Macmillan, Melbourne, 2009 This impressive book records an eclectic collection of items used for adornment from Australia, Oceania, Asia and Africa. The book features 700 items, the majority of… Continue Reading

Museum Review – The Quai Branly Paris

Museum Review – The Quai Branly Paris

Alaa Eddine Sagid Celebrated as the main cultural project of former French president Jacques Chirac, it eventually confirmed the prominent role claimed by Paris as the world capital for indigenous arts, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. In fact one week earlier a local sale set a world record for any… Continue Reading