Glass Vase "Façon de Venise"
Glass Vase "Façon de Venise"

17th century
Catalan or Tuscan workshop
H: 15cm
Prov. Private Italian coll.

A glass jar, cylindrical body and neck with inverted border, decorated with lattice wires. Façon de Venise is a style of glass made in the 16th and 17th centuries at places other than Venice itself but using the techniques that had been perfected there. It may be outwardly so similar as to be difficult to distinguish from Venetian glass proper. The prestige of Venetian glass was so great in the rest of Europe that French, German, Bohemian, Netherlandish, Spanish, and English glassmakers evolved their versions of Venetian style.

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Lapis Lazuli Painting
Lapis Lazuli Painting

17th century
Italy
Oil on lapis lazuli
Prov. Private Belgian collection; L. Van Onckelen

A Fine and Rare Pair of Lignum Vitae Dipper Cups
A Fine and Rare Pair of Lignum Vitae Dipper Cups

Late 17th century
England
H: 7 cm
Prov. Seward Kennedy collection

A rare surviving pair of English lignum vitae dipper cups of similar size and identical decoration; each decorated with double bands of triple reeded ornament.

Kifwebe Mask
Kifwebe Mask

Early 20th century
DRC
Wood
Prov. M. L. Felix, Brussels, Belgium

Gilt Bronze Plaques of the Four Seasons
Gilt Bronze Plaques of the Four Seasons

17th century
Italy
Prov. English art market

Personifications of the four seasons.

Ceremonial Axe
Ceremonial Axe

19th century
Cook island
Wood
Prov. Private Belgian coll.

Sulfur
Sulfur
Mallet
Mallet

Late 19th century
DRC
Wood, ivory, vegetal fibre
H: 32,5 cm
Prov. Private coll., Belgium

Fragment of a Sculptor's Model
Fragment of a Sculptor's Model

Ptolemaic Period
Egypt
Stucco
Prov. Coll. Marie Laforet (1939-…); Paris, Druout (28 Febr. 1977); Pierre Cornette De Saint-Cyr. (Expert Charles Ratton)

Bamana Pulley
Bamana Pulley

Late 19th century
Wood
Bamana, Mali
Prov. Private Belgian coll.

Bamana (or Bambara) are an ethnic group native to much of West Africa, primarily southern Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal. "Bambara means "unbeliever" or "infidel"; the group acquired the name because it resisted Islam after the religion was introduced in 1854.

Used on the traditional narrow-band loom, heddle pulleys are functional objects used to ease the movements of the heddles while separating the warp threads and allowing the shuttle to seamlessly pass through the layers of thread. Like many other carved objects used in everyday activities among the Baule, these pulleys were often embellished for the weaver’s delight. Scholars have suggested that the prominent display of pulleys, hanging over the weaver’s loom in the public place, afforded artists their best opportunity to showcase their carving skills, in the hope to attract commissions for figures and masks. This figurative pulley with carved the head of an animal, demonstrates the efforts put by Bamana artists into beautifying the simplest functional object.

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Memento Mori
Memento Mori

Prov. Colnaghi, London, UK 

Hu or Court Tablet
Hu or Court Tablet

ca. 1700
China
Ivory
Prov. Belgian private coll.

Court tablets carved of ivory were carried by officials whilst in the Imperial presence, and held in front of the face as the court official bowed deeply to the Emperor.

Ikoko Pendant
Ikoko Pendant

First quarter 20th century
Pende people, DRC
Prov. Private Belgian coll.

Dogon Statue
Dogon Statue

First quarter 20th century
Wood
Prov. R. Riley

Gandhara Head Fragment
Gandhara Head Fragment

1500 BC–535 BC
Pakistan
Schist
Prov. T. Desmet, Brussels, Belgium

Buddha Left Hand "Abhaya Mudra"
Buddha Left Hand "Abhaya Mudra"

17th century
Thailand
Bronze, traces of gold laqué
H: 18 cm
Prov. Ancient coll. Dr. Lisfranc

Abhaya means ‘fearlessness’. If you look at this Buddha hand gesture, or mudra, you will also feel the energy of protection, peace and a sense of strong, deep inner security.

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Nigerian Currency
Nigerian Currency
Corallium Rubrum (Red Coral)
Corallium Rubrum (Red Coral)

H: 12 cm

Precious coral, or red coral, is the common name given to a genus of marine corals, Corallium. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink-orange skeleton. Red corals grow on rocky seabottom with low sedimentation, typically in dark environments—either in the depths or in dark caverns or crevices. Corallium Rubrum is found mainly in the Mediterranean Sea, at depths from 10 to 300 meters below sea level.

Miniature Lega Mask
Miniature Lega Mask

First part 20th century
Lega people, South Kivu/Maniema, DRC
Wood, white kaolin clay
Prov. M. L. Felix, Brussels

Slightly oval shaped wooden face mask with concave, heart shaped face area. Facial area painted white; some of the paint has worn off. Two holes appear on each side of mask. Coffee bean shaped bulging eyes with slits in center. Mouth aperture is very small. Long narrow nose extends down from arching browline.

Thai Azurite/Malachite Mirror
Thai Azurite/Malachite Mirror

12th century

Pietra Dura
Pietra Dura

17th century
Uffizio workshop, Florence, Italy
Prov. Ancient English coll. 

Egyptian Limestone Bas Relief Framgent with Blue Pigment
Egyptian Limestone Bas Relief Framgent with Blue Pigment
Skull
Skull

17th century
Wood

Large Pair of Egyptian Mummy Mask Inlay Eyes
Large Pair of Egyptian Mummy Mask Inlay Eyes

11th Dynasty
White stone, rock cristal
Prov. J. Billen, Brussels, Belgium

Putti
Putti
Varanidae
Varanidae

The Varanidae are a family of lizards in the superfamily Varanoidea.

Pectoral Ornament, Yanguru-Boiken
Pectoral Ornament, Yanguru-Boiken

Early 20th century
East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Bailer shell, coconut shell, vegetal fibers
15,8 x 10,5 cm
Prov. S. Schoffel, Brussels, Belgium

Boiken (Nucum, Yangoru) is one of the more populous of the Ndu languages of Sepik River region of northern Papua New Guinea. This pendant was worn around the neck.

Glass Vase "Façon de Venise"
Porfirius Database-111.jpg
Lapis Lazuli Painting
A Fine and Rare Pair of Lignum Vitae Dipper Cups
Kifwebe Mask
Gilt Bronze Plaques of the Four Seasons
Ceremonial Axe
Sulfur
Mallet
Fragment of a Sculptor's Model
Bamana Pulley
170908 - Porifirius - Database 19.jpg
Memento Mori
Hu or Court Tablet
Ikoko Pendant
Dogon Statue
Gandhara Head Fragment
Buddha Left Hand "Abhaya Mudra"
180111_Porifirius_Database_03.jpg
Nigerian Currency
Corallium Rubrum (Red Coral)
Miniature Lega Mask
Thai Azurite/Malachite Mirror
Pietra Dura
Egyptian Limestone Bas Relief Framgent with Blue Pigment
Skull
Large Pair of Egyptian Mummy Mask Inlay Eyes
Putti
Varanidae
Pectoral Ornament, Yanguru-Boiken
Glass Vase "Façon de Venise"

17th century
Catalan or Tuscan workshop
H: 15cm
Prov. Private Italian coll.

A glass jar, cylindrical body and neck with inverted border, decorated with lattice wires. Façon de Venise is a style of glass made in the 16th and 17th centuries at places other than Venice itself but using the techniques that had been perfected there. It may be outwardly so similar as to be difficult to distinguish from Venetian glass proper. The prestige of Venetian glass was so great in the rest of Europe that French, German, Bohemian, Netherlandish, Spanish, and English glassmakers evolved their versions of Venetian style.

Lapis Lazuli Painting

17th century
Italy
Oil on lapis lazuli
Prov. Private Belgian collection; L. Van Onckelen

A Fine and Rare Pair of Lignum Vitae Dipper Cups

Late 17th century
England
H: 7 cm
Prov. Seward Kennedy collection

A rare surviving pair of English lignum vitae dipper cups of similar size and identical decoration; each decorated with double bands of triple reeded ornament.

Kifwebe Mask

Early 20th century
DRC
Wood
Prov. M. L. Felix, Brussels, Belgium

Gilt Bronze Plaques of the Four Seasons

17th century
Italy
Prov. English art market

Personifications of the four seasons.

Ceremonial Axe

19th century
Cook island
Wood
Prov. Private Belgian coll.

Sulfur
Mallet

Late 19th century
DRC
Wood, ivory, vegetal fibre
H: 32,5 cm
Prov. Private coll., Belgium

Fragment of a Sculptor's Model

Ptolemaic Period
Egypt
Stucco
Prov. Coll. Marie Laforet (1939-…); Paris, Druout (28 Febr. 1977); Pierre Cornette De Saint-Cyr. (Expert Charles Ratton)

Bamana Pulley

Late 19th century
Wood
Bamana, Mali
Prov. Private Belgian coll.

Bamana (or Bambara) are an ethnic group native to much of West Africa, primarily southern Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal. "Bambara means "unbeliever" or "infidel"; the group acquired the name because it resisted Islam after the religion was introduced in 1854.

Used on the traditional narrow-band loom, heddle pulleys are functional objects used to ease the movements of the heddles while separating the warp threads and allowing the shuttle to seamlessly pass through the layers of thread. Like many other carved objects used in everyday activities among the Baule, these pulleys were often embellished for the weaver’s delight. Scholars have suggested that the prominent display of pulleys, hanging over the weaver’s loom in the public place, afforded artists their best opportunity to showcase their carving skills, in the hope to attract commissions for figures and masks. This figurative pulley with carved the head of an animal, demonstrates the efforts put by Bamana artists into beautifying the simplest functional object.

Memento Mori

Prov. Colnaghi, London, UK 

Hu or Court Tablet

ca. 1700
China
Ivory
Prov. Belgian private coll.

Court tablets carved of ivory were carried by officials whilst in the Imperial presence, and held in front of the face as the court official bowed deeply to the Emperor.

Ikoko Pendant

First quarter 20th century
Pende people, DRC
Prov. Private Belgian coll.

Dogon Statue

First quarter 20th century
Wood
Prov. R. Riley

Gandhara Head Fragment

1500 BC–535 BC
Pakistan
Schist
Prov. T. Desmet, Brussels, Belgium

Buddha Left Hand "Abhaya Mudra"

17th century
Thailand
Bronze, traces of gold laqué
H: 18 cm
Prov. Ancient coll. Dr. Lisfranc

Abhaya means ‘fearlessness’. If you look at this Buddha hand gesture, or mudra, you will also feel the energy of protection, peace and a sense of strong, deep inner security.

Nigerian Currency
Corallium Rubrum (Red Coral)

H: 12 cm

Precious coral, or red coral, is the common name given to a genus of marine corals, Corallium. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink-orange skeleton. Red corals grow on rocky seabottom with low sedimentation, typically in dark environments—either in the depths or in dark caverns or crevices. Corallium Rubrum is found mainly in the Mediterranean Sea, at depths from 10 to 300 meters below sea level.

Miniature Lega Mask

First part 20th century
Lega people, South Kivu/Maniema, DRC
Wood, white kaolin clay
Prov. M. L. Felix, Brussels

Slightly oval shaped wooden face mask with concave, heart shaped face area. Facial area painted white; some of the paint has worn off. Two holes appear on each side of mask. Coffee bean shaped bulging eyes with slits in center. Mouth aperture is very small. Long narrow nose extends down from arching browline.

Thai Azurite/Malachite Mirror

12th century

Pietra Dura

17th century
Uffizio workshop, Florence, Italy
Prov. Ancient English coll. 

Egyptian Limestone Bas Relief Framgent with Blue Pigment
Skull

17th century
Wood

Large Pair of Egyptian Mummy Mask Inlay Eyes

11th Dynasty
White stone, rock cristal
Prov. J. Billen, Brussels, Belgium

Putti
Varanidae

The Varanidae are a family of lizards in the superfamily Varanoidea.

Pectoral Ornament, Yanguru-Boiken

Early 20th century
East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Bailer shell, coconut shell, vegetal fibers
15,8 x 10,5 cm
Prov. S. Schoffel, Brussels, Belgium

Boiken (Nucum, Yangoru) is one of the more populous of the Ndu languages of Sepik River region of northern Papua New Guinea. This pendant was worn around the neck.

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