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Lot 117: Forty-nine books, journals and pamphlets on African art

NATIVE AMERICAN & ETHNOGRAPHIC LIBRARY AND ARTIFACTS FROM JIM HAAS, PLUS ITEMS FROM PROMINENT SOUTHWEST COLLECTIONS

by Turner Auctions and Appraisals LLC

November 13, 2016

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • Forty-nine books, journals and pamphlets on African art
  • Forty-nine books, journals and pamphlets on African art
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Description: African Negro Sculpture, 1948, Paul Wingert; Figures in Wood of West Africa, 1947, Leon Underwood; Negro Art in Belgian Congo, 1948, Leon Kochnitzky; The Ashanti Akua'ba Statues as Archetype, and the Egyptian Ankh, 1963, Ladislas Segy (from Anthropos, volume 58); Scuptures Soudanaises, 1948 F.-H. Lem; Traditional Art of the African Nations, 1961, Museum of Primitive Art; Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, 1961, Roy Sieber; The Art of Black Africa - Collection of Jay C. Leff, 1969, William Bascom; Contemporary African Arts, 1974, Maude Wahlman; The Art of Power, the Power of Art - Studies in Benin Iconography, 1983, Paula Ben-Amos and Arnold Rubin, editors; African Textiles and Decorative Arts, 1972, Roy Sieber; Masks of Black Africa, 1976, Ladislas Segy; Peoples of Africa, 1978, John Middleton; Dictionary of Black African Civilization, 1974, Georges Balandier and Jacques Maquet; The Last Africans, 1981, Gert Chesi; African Folktales and Sculpture, 1952, Paul Radin, Elinore Marvel and James Johnson Sweeney; Afro-Portuguese Ivories, undated, William Fagg; African Design, 1960, Margaret Trowell; Sculpture of Primitive Man, 1955, Warner Muensterberger; The Sculpture of 
Africa, 1958, Eliot Elisofon; The Sculpture of Africa, 1978 reissue, Eliot Elisofon; African and Oceanic Sculpture, 240 Prints - A Special Study Set of Fine Art Reproductions, undated, The University Prints, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Tribes and Forms in African Art, 1965, William Fagg; Sculptures Africaines, 1965, William Fagg; Tribal Masks, 1967, Erich Herold; The African Kings, 1983, Mary Cable et al; African Art in Motion, 1974, Robert Farris Thompson; African Sculpture Speaks, 1975, Ladislas Segy; African Art, 1968, Michel Leiris and Jacqueline Delange; Art in Nigeria, 1960, Ulli Beier; African Tribal Sculpture, 1956, Margaret Plass; African Arts, 1967, William Bascom; African Masks, 1969, Franco Monti; African Art in Cultural Perspective, 1973, William Bascom; African Art, 1971, Frank Willett; African Sculpture, 1958, Ladislas Segy (two copies); The Art of Africa, 1960, Elsy Leuzinger; The Art of Black Africa, 1979, Elsy Leuzinger; African Art Collection - The Beauty of Mysterious Folklore from West, Central, East Africa, undated, Nobutaka Kishida; Art Treasures from African Runners, 2000, John Rohner; Cameroon Highland Heritage - The Schneider Collection, 1992, Evan and Gilbert Schneider; Prestige Drinking Horns, 1992, Evan and Gilbert Schneider; A Conversation with Roy Sieber, 1992, Gil Schneider; Daughter of Zion - Orthodox Christian Art from Ethiopia, 2000, Milos Simovoc; The Art of Black Africa, undated, Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition promotional pamphlet; Animals in Nigerian Sculpture - at the National Museum, Lagos, 1992, Museum exhibition promotional pamphlet; Kalabari Ancestral Screens - Levels of Meaning, 1988, National Museum of African Art exhibition promotional pamphlet; African Textiles - a Hali Special Report, undated, Joe Loux and Katie Suckling

Notes: “Please note that the various books, catalogues, and periodicals included in this lot are from a working reference library dealing with African, Oceanic, Southeast Asian tribal art, pre-Columbian art, Oriental rugs, fine art and photography. I used them during my professional career and as a private collector who bought and sold at auction. The variety here represents decades of searching out the literature that best enabled me to perform my duties as an auction house appraiser and cataloguer while keeping abreast of pricing and the current market demand. That said, potential bidders should be aware that in general, the various volumes are in good, serviceable condition. Some are excellent, others are poor. For a condition report on specific titles, please contact Turner Auctions and Appraisals.”

Provenance: Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the library and selected artifacts from the personal collection of Jim Haas, the noted, long-time specialist in Native American and Ethnographic Arts, who recently retired from Bonhams after 31 years with the company and its predecessor.  The sale also includes property from a major Southwest museum and estates of two long-time collectors:  the Furgatch Collection features contemporary Southwest pottery; the Nancy Florsheim Estate, Part 2, offers contemporary and prehistoric pottery and Southwest jewelry.  

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