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Tribal Art London - 6-9 September 2017

Celebrating 10 years, Tribal Art London will launch from 6-9 September 2017.  With 23 exhibitors taking part in what will be its largest show to date, Tribal Art London has firmly cemented its reputation on the international fair circuit as a destination for exciting and diverse works of art.

Taking place a week before Parcours des Mondes Paris, the event is guaranteed to attract international dealers and museum curators, with a Collectors' Preview taking place on Wednesday 5 September 2017.  Works are priced from the low hundreds up to over £20,000. 

Well-known tribal art collectors who regularly attend the fair include Mark Blackburn (based in Hawaii, focusing on Oceanic art), Sam and Sharon Singer (based in the USA), collectors of Aboriginal and Oceanic art, Antonio Lunari (based in Italy), and African art collector Jonathan Lowen (UK).

Institutions always in attendance include Quai Branly, the British Museum and the Royal Academy.  Last year, Crispin Howarth, Curator of Pacific Art at the National Gallery of Australia, and Steven Hooper, director of the Sainsbury Research Unit (expert in Fijian and Pacific art) were at the fair.

Many dealers who participate in Parcours des Mondes, the world’s biggest tribal art event held annually in Paris [12-17 September 2017), visit Tribal Art London, such as Michael Evans (USA), Wayne Heathcote (UK), Daniel and Dori Rootenberg of Jacaranda Tribal (NY), and Jonathan Hope (UK).  Other trade buyers are Finch & Co (UK) and Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh (Belgium), both Masterpiece London exhibitors; Brant Mackley (USA), specialist in American Indian art; David Zemanek, tribal art auctioneer (Germany), and Michael Graham-Stewart the renowned collector/dealer (UK). 

Decorators and designers including Chester Jones and Ross Lovegrove (both UK) are usually in attendance, and the actor Griff Rhys Jones and natural history legend Sir David Attenborough are regular visitors.

Highlights at the Fair include:

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 2017

Mark Eglinton - Chokwe mask, Angola, Wood, metal and fibre, $16500 USD.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 2017 

Bryan Reeves/Tribal Gathering - Lobi stool, Bukina Faso.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 2017 

Ian Shaw - Lele Cup, Congo, C19th, 14cm in height, £3000.

 Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 2017

Kezhia Orege - Zulu beads, from the Zulu tribe of South Africa, dated mid-C19th.

 Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 2017

Marcus Raccanello - Nabwikai Ceremony mask, Vanuatu. 

Tribal Art London hosts talks on subjects relating to indigenous cultures.  This year, it will focus on the history and development of tribal tattoos, including a talk by Dr Karen Jacobs of the University of East Anglia. Martin Poole, an expert in the technique of hand tapped tattoos, will be giving live demonstrations.

Tribal Art London will take place from 6-9 September 2017, at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.  For more information, visit Tribal Art London.

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