Stunning Pre-Columbian art Quimbaya Civilization - Colombia With Provenance from Gibrat Collection

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Seller: the.marcel.gibrat.collection (1,072) 100%, Location: Asheville, North Carolina, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 303287206102 Gorgeous, large, and impressive pre-Columbian art piece from the Quimbaya Civilization 4th to 7th century. Piece is 12 inches in height and it is in excellent condition. It has one non-invisible restoration by Marcel Gibrat, formerly with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is from the same lot as a similar piece which just sold on eBay; ex-Howard Nowes Collection, via Marcel Gibrat. The non-invisible restoration was a conscious choice by Mr. Gibrat to show the original condition as closely as possible. The Quimbaya culture was located in present-day Colombia, in the middle reaches of the Cauca River, a region of mountainous rainforest with high peaks and narrow valleys. The Quimbaya were highly skilled metalworkers, especially in gold. They made complex alloys to achieve different colored metals and delicate arrangements. Commonly manufactured items include nose ornaments, bells, bracelets, pitchers, bottles, diadems, ceremonial statuettes, and masks. To make these items they used complex techniques such as hammering and the lost wax technique. The Quimbaya ceramic industry was divided into several traditions: fruit- and flower-shaped vessels are ascribed to the Marrón Inciso tradition, while other items with white, red or cream colored slip and incised or painted geometric designs represent the Cauca Medio Complex, and the use of negative painting has been identified as the Caldas Complex. Marcel Gibrat, my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s. Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD. In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter. I’m Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcel’s extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art. Marcel began purchasing antiquities, tribal art, Asian art and European art beginning in the early to mid 1960s and many of the pieces in the collection were purchased at this time. He collected, restored, bought and sold high quality items for the better part of three decades, before falling ill and being unable to work in 1992. Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste. He started buying these items nearly sixty years ago when some of them were no doubt already quite old. He believed some to be from the 19th, 18th or even 17th century, and some of the items deemed important have in fact been sold for high ticket values at auction. Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary ( a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items. Many of the items have archaeological markings. Provenance: Ownership History Available, Featured Refinements: Pre-Columbian Antiquities

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