As some of the most important collectors and passionate proponents of African and Oceanic Primitive Art, Anne and Jacques Kerchache were the masterminds behind the Musée Quai Branly in Paris. Pierre Bergé & Associés will host the important sales of their collection. With 403 lots on auction estimated at 4,9 million euros, it contains key Primitive Art objects as well as rare ancient coins, insect specimens, and Modern and Contemporary masterworks. An auction highlight is a regal wooden stature of Tshokwé from Angola, which is estimated at 1 million Euros.

Jacques Kerchache (1942-2001), who mentored under journalist Max-Pol Fouchet, opened the Pavillon des Sessions du Louvre in 1996 under the encouragement of President Jacques Chirac. Unfortunately, Jacques Kerchache did not live to see the opening of a related later project, the extensive Musée Quai Branly, which has been revolutionary in bringing to the fore the Primitive Art objects from ancient African, Asian, Oceanic and American civilizations.

Once these Primitive Art pieces are sold, they will likely not come to auction again for a long time – an opportunity for discovery that is not to be missed.

June 12th and 13th, 2010
Drouot Montaigne
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris
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