For more than 30 years, Galerie Schoffel de Fabry has embodied the revival of a family of Art Premier antique dealers who have been involved since the 1960s and enjoy an international reputation.
The expertise of both generations has contributed to the development of major collections, both private and institutional, including the Fondation Dapper, the Louvre Museum, the Barbier-Muller Museum, and more recently the Musée du Quai Branly, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Fondation Gandur.
The gallery’s expertise extends to the arts of Oceania, Africa, North America and South-East Asia, as well as investigations into cross-disciplinary exhibitions.
Judith Schoffel de Fabry and Christophe de Fabry have given the gallery a dynamic direction through their exhibitions and historical publications. Their book on the Ivory Coast was awarded the Prix du Livre d’Art Tribal in December 2013. Galerie Schoffel de Fabry organises and participates in numerous art exhibitions, including Jackson Pollock et le chamanisme at the Pinacothèque de Paris in 2008 and Retour d’expédition at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in 2012.
Since 2010 it has been taking part in BRAFA and Parcours des mondes since its inception, KAOS September 2002.
The gallery regularly produces thematic exhibitions and books, including : Clair-Obscur, September 2008; Guerre et Paix, September 2009; Asie du Sud-Est, June 2010; Victor Brauner et les arts primitifs, October 2010; Instruments de musique, January 2012; Côte d’Ivoire, premiers regards sur la sculpture, December 2012; Art et Science, la vie dévoilée d’une œuvre d’art de Bornéo, September 2013; Au delà du masque, September 2016; Objets témoins d’expéditions au temps de la marine à voile, 2016; Tropéa & Yoruba. Résonnances de perles, d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, September 2017.
Judith Schoffel de Fabry has been appointed President of the CNE, the Compagnie Nationale des Experts en Art, in 2021.
White mask of the TSANGUI
called DUMA or MVUDI
Tsangui – Punu/Lumbu, South Gabon and Congo
Cheese wood, hair, natural pigments
Height: 26,5 cm.
Philippe and Hélène Leloup. Paris.
Published and reproduced
- Gabon l’ordre du sacré, Masques et statues des Peuples de l’Ogooué. Galerie Leloup, figure 7, 1988.
- Visions d’Afrique, Musée national d’Histoire, Taipei. Page 220, 2003.
This mask is atypical with a conical visor hairstyle with hair glued to the resin and small pigtails falling above the stylized ears.
The triangular face is covered with a raised X on the forehead and a linear scarification from the cheeks to the chin, and in a semi-circle around the half-closed large eyes.
The mouth is closed with delicately outlined lips reminiscent of the rounded wings of the nose.
This mask has lost its kaolin and bears traces of ultramarine blue on one wing of the nose and around the eyes.
While the white color of kaolin refers to the world of the dead, the sacred blue color evokes the color of visions.
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