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Highly Coveted Mementoes From Arizona to Normandy

Published on , by Philippe Dufour

Exoticism reigned in Le Havre with the sale of ethnographic curiosities, including some remarkable Hopi kachinas dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Highly Coveted Mementoes From Arizona to Normandy

United States, Arizona, Hopi, second half of the 20th century. "Angusnasomtaqa" mask, leather, green, black, ochre and brown pigments, feathers, horsehair, vegetable fibers, 56 x 65 x 20 cm/22 x 25.6 x 7.9 in.

Not surprisingly, the "Angusnasomtaqa" mask charmed all collectors of Native American artifacts. This mysterious name refers to the Tumas Crow Mother, one of the representations of the primordial spirit "Angwushahay'i". Made in North America by the Hopi of Arizona in the second half of the 20th century using leather, pigments, feathers, horsehair and vegetable fibers, this mask (56 x 65 x 20 cm/22 x 25.6 x 7.9 in.) garnered €7,320. A Yung'a or Cactus kachina of the "Prickly Pear" type followed at €4,453. Made of softwood, cactus thorns, pigments, leather and horsehair, this Hopi object (h. 35 cm/13.8 in.) from the 1930s-1940s naturally came from the same estate. Lastly, at €4,095, another kachina with striped antennae of the same origin (h. 28.5 cm/11.2 in.) presented its strange face.

The day before, the undisputed star of a sale devoted to the sea was a painting by Louis Bentabole of Le Port de pêche de Trouville-sur-Mer (The Fishing Port of Trouville-sur-Mer) signed and dated 1869 (90 x 120 cm/35.4 x 47.2 in.). This painting by an artist who loved the Normandy coast fetched €10,048. Then came a 19th-century ivory telescope with two draw tubes, the shaft worked in metal rings, the draw tubes sheathed in leather (length when closed: 21 cm/8.3 in., gross weight: 201 g/7.09 oz), which garnered €8,540.

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