The Ethnographica Department encompasses a vast range of objects created in the early 20th century or earlier by indigenous cultures around the world, from early American civilisations to African tribes and Polynesian island cultures.
Incorporating religious idols, domestic and ritual objects, figurative sculpture, jewellery and weapons of all descriptions, the items handled by the department combine both cultural history and visual appeal.
The market for Ethnographica and Tribal Art at auction is strengthening, and strong results have been achieved at Tennants, particularly for pieces with good provenance. Notable recent sales have included a 19th century Polynesian Tiki or guardian figure from a good private collection, which sold for £20,000, and the single owner sale of the Private Collection of Global Militaria and Ethnographica of P. Lamaison Van Heenvliet (1857-1941). The specialist’s knowledge and expertise, combined with a global marketing reach, have resulted in many tribal items returning to their countries of origins.
Our specialists can advise on all aspects of buying and selling Ethnographica at auction, from single pieces to large private collections.
A 19th Century Polynesian Carved Wood “Tiki” (Guardian) FigureSold for £20,000
A 19th Century Maori Whalebone Wahiaka (Hand Club)Sold for £19,000
A Tsonga (Southern Africa) Carved Wood HeadrestSold for £4,500
A Solomon Islands Wicker Shield, of classical tapering oblong formSold for £4,600
A Native North American Flat Pouch, woven in red, black and whiteSold for £4,800
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