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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

    Auctioneer and Valuer

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    Matthew Denney

    Auctioneer and Senior Valuer

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Forthcoming Fine Art Sales

22nd February 2018
Spring Fine Art Sale - 22nd and 23rd February 2018

Quarterly Fine Art auctions to include Silver, Jewellery, Paintings, Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art

(Last date for entries: 12th January)

12th April 2018
Coins, Antiquities and Militaria

(Last date for entries: 2nd March)

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Forthcoming General Sales

30th January 2018
Avenue Auction

20th February 2018
Avenue Auction

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Previous Fine Art Sales

7th December 2017
Jewellery and Silver, Furniture and Works of Art - [7th and 8th December 2017]

Including a private collection of tin plate trains and accessories from a Noble European Family

6th December 2017
Fine Wines

Including the Cellar of the Late Sir Antony Jay

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Previous General Sales

9th January 2018
Avenue Auction

5th December 2017
Avenue Auction

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Featured Lots

  • PADRAIG MACMIADHACHAIN (1929-2017) 'Moon Near the Lighthouse

    PADRAIG MACMIADHACHAIN (1929-2017) 'Moon Near the Lighthouse

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  • PRINCE PAUL TROUBETZKOY (1866-1938) A woman seated

    PRINCE PAUL TROUBETZKOY (1866-1938) A woman seated

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  • PATEK PHILLIPE: A GENTLEMAN'S 18CT YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH

    PATEK PHILLIPE: A GENTLEMAN'S 18CT YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH

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  • WU GUANZHONG (1919-2010) 'White birches on Mt. Changbai'

    WU GUANZHONG (1919-2010) 'White birches on Mt. Changbai'

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  • ANTON FRUHAUF (1914-1999): A MODERNIST AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND COCKTAIL RING

    ANTON FRUHAUF (1914-1999): A MODERNIST AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND COCKTAIL RING

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  • DAME ELIZABETH FRINK (1930-1993) A green man

    DAME ELIZABETH FRINK (1930-1993) A green man

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