Figure, Vanuatu height 71 1/2in (182cm)
Lot 80W
Figure, Vanuatu height 71 1/2in (182cm)
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
€7,200 - 11,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Figure, Vanuatu
height 71 1/2in (182cm)

Père Moris, Paris 1939
Vérité Collection, Paris
Galerie Monbrison, Paris
American Private Collection

In 1939, this figure was in the collection of Père Moris. He was a former French army officer who later worked in a Paris police station. Moris lived on the rue Montmartre and started selling Persian and Oriental carpets to supplement his income. Charles Ratton gave him his start by purchasing two masks from New Caledonia that Moris had purchased from an unidentified woman. Ratton was so impressed by the "wonderful" arrangement of sculptures in Moris' apartment that he had it photographed. Later, when Moris decided to sell the entire collection, Ratton purchased many objects from him. (Ratton in Barbier-Mueller 1994:22-23)

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