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Tribal Art and Ethnographica Department

With international demand growing for tribal art and ethographica, Duke’s can offer strong results in this fascinating and historically important field. With items ranging from highly prized sculptures and masks from sub-Saharan Africa, the indigenous woodcraft and arts of Polynesia, Melanesia, Indonesia and Australia to the arts and crafts of the First Nations of North America, Duke’s specialist can provide vendors and purchasers with confident and competent assistance. For further information please contact the department.


A Fijian 'cannibal’ fork and similar ladle, carved and stained, the fork 11.5", the ladle 13". Collected by Captain John Proctor Luce (1827-1869) Captain of HMS Esk during a visit to Fiji. In a cardboard box inscribed to the lid 'Cannibal fork, has been used, brought home from Fiji, 1857 by Capt J.P.Luce H.M.S. Esk.

Provenance: The family of Captain John Proctor Luce, the vendors Great-Grandfather.

Sold for £9,150


A North West Pacific Totem Pole, carved with a beaver, a bear and a whale surmounted by an eagle with outspread wings, late 19th/early 20th century, 79.5" high

Provenance: Probably acquired by the grandfather of the vendor, John Allen Hughes (born 1887), a wealthy entrepreneur and collector, who travelled extensively in Canada and the USA during the 1920's.

Sold for £23,180


A Tongan club, with a flattened paddle-shaped blade and square section shaft, all-over carved in low relief with triangular and geometric decoration, probably 19th century, 29" long.

Sold for £2,390


 

Tribal Art and Ethnographica Specialists

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    Timothy Medhurst

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    Matthew Denney

    Auctioneer and Senior Valuer

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Forthcoming Fine Art Sales

Ceramics, Glass and Asian Art, Furniture and Works of Art

27th July 2017

Last date for entries 23rd June 2017.
 

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Paintings, Drawings and Books, Furniture and Works of Art

14th September 2017

Last date for entries 11th August 2017.

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Forthcoming General Sales

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27th June 2017

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18th July 2017

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Previous Fine Art Sales

Silver, Jewellery and Furniture [8th and 9th June 2017]

8th June 2017

Including an Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante, 1968

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Asian Art

18th May 2017

Two include two masterworks by Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010)

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Previous General Sales

Avenue Auction

6th June 2017

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16th May 2017

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Featured Lots

  • A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

    A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

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  • A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

    A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

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  • A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

    A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

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  • A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

    A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

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  • A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

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  • AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25' x 20'. Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

    AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25' x 20'. Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

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