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A 19th century head rest from the Iatmul tribe of the middle Sepik River region in Papua New Guinea. It is offered by Bruce Frank at Winter Bruneaf, priced at $25,000.

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Among the other events taking place in Brussels is the Winter Bruneaf (Brussels Non-European Art Fair). This is the first of two annual celebrations in the city of this particular market sector and runs from January 24-28.

It is a gallery-based event centred around the Place du Grand Sablon and features selling shows and displays by resident and guest dealers in ethnographic art.

Winter Bruneaf also includes a larger mixed selling show involving five dealers from France, Belgium and the US. They put on a cross-cultural display of works from round the world in the elegant surroundings of this large building on rue du Sablon.

One of them is Bruce Frank from New York.

“This will be my third consecutive year participating in Winter Bruneaf,” he says. “My motivation to exhibit at this event came about from the opportunity to collaborate with a group of friends, Joaquim Pecci, Renaud Vanuxem, Olivier Castellano and Adrian Schlag, whose taste and professionalism I respect greatly. Also, the space at the Ancienne Noniciature, where we are mounting our collaborative exhibition, is really magnificent.”

Frank’s show is devoted to Indo-Pacific art and will feature 22 objects from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Many of the works have historic and early provenances, such as this splendid 19th century head rest from the Iatmul tribe of the middle Sepik River region in Papua New Guinea. It formerly belonged to the renowned British and French collectors, Harry Beasley and Walter Bondy.

The 10in (25cm) wide x 5¼in (13cm) high carved wood and pigment decorated rest is priced at $25,000.

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