Tribal Art and Natural History

The better our communication systems are, the smaller our world becomes, and the more uniform our societies’ become. The marginalization or loss that this brings to the culture of our everyday life is what stimulates the interest in antiques, and in particular tribal art and the those relics of the environment that have survive our past generations. The significance and insights that these objects bring to us about the cultures and peoples they belonged to, heightens the interest in these objects that our department handles and thus the demand for these items continues to grow.

Collections of South African bead work, African stools and headrests, carved figures and masks, Australian boomerangs, Fijian throwing clubs, taxidermy birds and animals, leopard skins, worked whales teeth, are among the examples of items that have past through our sales in recent years. With our departments experience we are also able to advise on those items that come under the jurisdiction of Cities and Natural England regulations.


Mark Baldwin

01628 531500



Departmental Highlights

Hammer Price £450 : A hide and bead work ethnographic apron with brass tack head decoration, circa 1900.

Hammer Price £280 : Three South African beadwork gourd containers and an East African beaded snuff container.

Hammer Price £1100 : A North Nguni bone prestige necklace.

Hammer Price £3800 : An African beadwork cache sexe with a red and blue strip and white beads.

91 march 2014Hammer Price £280 : A rhino foot holder mounted on a square wooden base, 6 1/4″ high. Provenance: The rhino foot was acquired by Capt C E Stanners, Royal Warwickshire Regt, during World War 11. Capt Stanners was the present vendor’s grandfather.
Hammer Price £550 : A group of four sea shells with engraved floral decoration, inscribed Souvenir Caledonie, two other engraved shells and a group of Whales teeth, each worked with holes for hanging, one with scrimshaw initials MM, all pre 1947.
4 Feb 2012Hammer Price £190 : J Gillett of Fetter Street, London, a cased pair of Perch with a rock and glass seascape, 24″ x 17″
lot-a-135[1]Hammer Price £60 : A late 19th/early 20th century taxidermy group of humming birds perched on branches and surrounded by dried grasses and shrubbery.