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After having opened a stand at the St. Ouen flea market in 2005, Charles-Wesley Hourdé started a gallery specializing in African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian art located in Saint Germain-des–Prés in 2006, at the same time that the Musée du Quai Branly opened. He produced a number of exhibitions in this gallery and participated in many international fairs and events. In the years that followed, he gained the experience that led him to join Christie’s in 2010. Hired first as a specialist and subsequently appointed director of sales, he contributed to the tribal art department’s extensive development. An independent member of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts since 2015, Charles-Wesley Hourdé now devotes himself to finding specific artworks for clients, to consulting work, and to research.
Hunt fine Arts opened its doors in 2015 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Founder and director Tim Hunt began his career at Christie's in London (1980-1986), where he worked alongside Hermione Waterfield and William Fagg in the Tribal Art department. He subsequently moved to New York to work for The Andy Warhol Foundation (1987-2014), where he worked primarily as an "in-house" dealer selling works from the artist's estate on behalf of the Foundation. He has these combined these areas of expertise in his presentations at the gallery, exhibiting a mix of traditional arts from Africa, the Pacific, Asia and the Americas, alongside modern and contemporary art.
My passion for tribal art was born during a four year African overland journey in the 1990s. I started with a ferry to Tangier, continued across the Sahara, over mountains, up and down the Niger, Sangha and Congo rivers. I walked to remote villages, saw festivals and masked ceremonies and danced all night to drumming as the only outsider present. By the time I reached Cape Town it was with the huge grin of satisfaction that adventure brings. This was living! My knowledge and collecting grew and in 2005 I changed career to follow this passion and become a dealer, leasing a stand in the famous Portobello Road Antiques Market. Now almost a decade later I am proud to participate in the Parcours des Mondes, bringing interesting and rare objects that collectors can see, hold and discuss.
Established in 2006 by Frédéric Rond, Indian Heritage is a gallery specialized in the arts of India and the Himalayas. Located in St Germain des Prés (Paris), it offers a wide range of primitive and classical pieces with a particular interest in masks of South Asia.
James Stephenson African Art
James Stephenson is a leading expert on the art of Africa. His interest in East Africa, its people, and its art began in 1989. Since that transformational experience, he has lived, worked and explored the area acquiring an intimate knowledge of its peoples and their lifestyles. He speaks fluent Swahili, and has written three books about his experiences. “The Language of the Land: Living Among the Hadzabe in Africa”, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. His experiences in the field combined with his work for the BBC, and his academic research has given him a comprehensive perspective. He frequently serves as an African and Tribal art consultant for collectors and has sat on vetting committees for many international tribal art exhibitions.
Le jeudi des Beaux-Arts
Beaux-Arts Thursday on the first Thursday of every month, the galleries on Rue des Beaux-Arts will be open until 9pm. See you this Thursday, February 4th, 2016 Red ribbon cutting ceremony by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lecoq, the Mayor of the 6th Arrondissement of Paris at 8pm
Jo De Buck
Jo is a dealer of international repute based in the Sablon district of Brussels. For more than 20 years, he has exhibited and provided expertise for the major tribal and antique art shows around the world, including Parcours des Mondes (Paris), BRUNEAF (Brussels), and the Tribal and Textile Arts Shows (San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York). He is recognized in his field of specialization both by colleagues and collectors, and has always placed an emphasis on authenticity and how to recognize it. He is still an active dealer and is a specified expert for several courts in Belgium. You are welcome to contact him for advice on objects or curating your collection. He speaks French, English, and Dutch.