The Covid-19 crisis has had an impact on the art market worldwide but now the show must go on.
Pierre Moos, Parcours des Mondes director, explained in his introduction to the event that, 'after much careful deliberation and having examined the possibilities for online presentation, the organisers of Parcours came to the conclusion that we did not want to interrupt the 19-year tradition in the galleries lining the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés that has given so many of us so much pleasure'.
The decision to proceed will be welcome news to the 44 dealers who are taking part in this 19th staging.
Many of the participants are residents with specialist galleries in this quarter of the city which is packed with art and antiques galleries.
Others have taken space in the area for the duration of the Parcours which runs from September 8-13.
Around two-thirds of the exhibitors come from France, the remainder from other European countries.
Alongside the 36 tribal dealers who make up the bulk of the exhibitor roll-call are a further four dealers specialising in Antiquities; three in Asian art and one bookseller.
For those who visit, this event is, as its title suggests, a tour around the world in terms of artefacts from different cultures in Africa, North America, Oceania and the East. Some exhibitors are presenting shows based around a specific geographic, linguistic or cultural region, others have a selection based on object type or by a particular theme. Pictured here is a small taste of what will be on offer at this year's Parcours.
Anthony Meyer, whose Galerie Meyer Oceanic & Eskimo Art is based on the rue des Beaux Arts, will be showing a selection of recent acquisitions at the 19th edition of the Parcours.
These will include a Fijian bone sail needle from the Rabe collection, c.1880, a rare 18th–19th century eskimo toggle or drag handle carved from walrus ivory as a swimming seal and this club or culacula from Tonga.
The culacula, a prestige weapon associated with high-ranking chiefs and war-priests, was used to deliver a blow with the sharp thin edge of the blade.
This large and massive unadorned example is made from ironwood, measures 3ft 8in (1.13m) in length and is dated to the 18th–19th century. It retains its original sennit (coconut fibre) attachment and is structurally intact other than minor chips off the edge, possibly due to battle damage.
Acquired by a family of collectors in the vicinity of Saint Jean de Luz in the 1930–1950s, it is priced €16,000.
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Excerpt of 'World Orders' by Anne Crane for Antiques Trade Gazette.