28 Nov 2018 Important Russian Art Auctions, at Asia House

28 Nov 2018

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


Masua from the Tike-Tik Tribe

* 143. YAKOVLEV, ALEXANDER (1887–1938)

Masua from the Tike-Tik Tribe, signed, inscribed “Arebi (…)”, titled and dated 1925.

Sanguine, charcoal and pastel on paper, laid on cardboard, 74.5 by 55.5 cm.
50,000-70,000 GBP


Provenance: Collection of Georges-Marie Haardt, general manager of Citröen between 1905 and 1923 (label on the reverse).
A gift from the above to a previous owner.
Private collection, Switzerland.
Private collection, Europe.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert O. Glebova.

Exhibited: Alexandre Iacovleff. Peintre Attaché a L’Expédition Citroën Centre-Afrique. 2e Mission Haardt Audouin-Dubreuil. Exposition de peintures et dessins, Hotel Jean Charpentier, Paris, 7–23 May 1926.

Literature: Exhibition catalogue, Alexandre Iacovleff. Peintre Attaché a L’Expédition Citroën Centre-Afrique. 2e Mission Haardt Audouin-Dubreuil. Exposition de peintures et dessins, Paris, 1926, p. 11, No. 199, listed. Alexandre Jacovleff. Dessins et peinture d’Afrique, Paris, 1927, No. 41, illustrated.

The present work was created by Alexander Yakovlev during the famous 1924–1925 expedition across the Central Africa and Madagascar, organised by Citröen automobile company. He was the official artist of the Croisiere Noire, as the mission was called, with Georges-Marie Haardt as one of its leaders.


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