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  • Baoulé Colon figure in a boat,

    £50 Stock code: AD1491
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    Baoulé Colon figure in a boat,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The figure depicts a settler travelling sturdily by canoe boat, the two pieces are not attached. Crossed-sword decorative marking motif may have symbolised a readiness to fight evil.
    Dimensions: 27.5cm (10¾") High, 11.5cm (4½") Wide, 38cm (15") Deep
    Stock code: AD1491
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1490
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colonial figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to its colonisation and the European influence. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the Baoulé colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. Their hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design such as official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. With this figure however, the man stands nude and tall in typical Baoulé posture, half-closed eyes symbolising a peaceful attitude, self-control and patience. The lack of clothing and pigment suggest that this figure did not represent a settler, but a Baoulé person unscathed by or prior to the European influence.
    Dimensions: 22.5cm (8¾") High, 4.5cm (1¾") Wide, 5.5cm (2¼") Deep
    Stock code: AD1490
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1493
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The figure’s clothing style and pigmentation symbolises a distinct sense of European modernity, whereby fashion and status were key symbols.
    Dimensions: 24cm (9½") High, 8.5cm (3¼") Wide, base 7 cm x 6 cm
    Stock code: AD1493
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1458
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The male figure wears pigment-patterned clothing and clutches a baton above his head. Whether the original statues were intended for ornamental or ritual purpose at the time is debated by anthropologists.
    Dimensions: 31.5cm (12½") High, 9cm (3½") Wide, 9cm (3½") Deep, base 7 cm x 7.5 cm
    Stock code: AD1458
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1457
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues involve at least three craftsmen: the sculptor, the sander, and the painter. They commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The male figure stands slumped slightly forward, wearing nothing but a pair of brightly coloured blue shorts and belt. European missionaries would encourage African people to ‘cover up’ in order to instil concepts of puritanism and purdor.
    Dimensions: 29cm (11½") High, 9cm (3½") Wide, 7cm (2¾") Deep, base 6.5 cm x 7 cm
    Stock code: AD1457
    £50
  • Baule Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1456
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    Baule Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. Their hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The female figure wears a Europeanised hairstyle, her breasts hidden by a bikini-style top. European missionaries would encourage African people to ‘cover up’ in order to instil concepts of puritanism and purdor.
    Dimensions: 39.5cm (15½") High, 12cm (4¾") Wide, 13.5cm (5¼") Deep, base 9.5 cm x 11 cm
    Stock code: AD1456
    £50

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    £800 Stock code: P01272 C
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    Comets by Wassily Kandinsky, Verve Vol. 1 / No. 2.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    £800 Stock code: P01275 G
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    Portrait by Andre Derain, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    £600 Stock code: P01270 B
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    The Four Elements, Water by Fernand Leger, Verve Vol. 1 / No. 1.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    Head of a Girl by George Rouault, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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