• Founded in 2007, Galerie 1492 is specialized in the arts of Pre-Columbian America fields extends from Mesoamerica to Tierra del Fuego.

    Yannick Durand has been recognized as one of the key players in the market of Pre-Columbian art in Europe. He has participated in many fairs such as the Biennale des Antiquaires-Paris 2012, BRAFA-Brussels and TEFAF-Maastricht.

    Today, the gallery focuses on its core business : piece, piece and piece!

    All pieces are chosen according to aesthetic and historical criteria. Galerie 1492 attaches great importance to the provenance of objects.


    Of course, we are always looking for new pieces...

  • Spotlight on...

    ...a magnificent mask of the BEASLEY Collection since 1924.

    Mask representing a stylized human face.

    Translucid alabaster.

    High : 15 cm

    Width : 13,7 cm

    Thickness : 3,8 cm

    Teotihuacan Culture, ca 150-450 A.D.


    A few chips otherwise very good condition.

    Former collection of Harry Geoffrey BEASTLY (1881-1939), United-Kingdom, since 1924.

    This beautiful mask is carved in a white translucid alabaster. Square-shaped, it shows a stylized human flattened face. The four corners are drilled and arrounded : slightly on the forehead and a little bit more in the lower part. The mouth is indicated by an horizontal line surrounded by thick lips. The mouth-nose area looks like a trapeze. The arch of the eyebrows is continu. The eyes ore like a coffee-beanshape.


    Excellent condition.

    On the back, one can see two labels glued one on the other. The first one is rectangular, and the second one is round.


    On the rectangular one, we can read in capital letters :


    It is hand written :

    « …-12-24 »

    The second one is sticked on the other in its center. It is round and the letters are deleted, except the letters « G » and « B » : the initials of Harry Geoffrey Beasley and the inscription « 16-12-24 » in the diameter.


    The mask is the BEASLEY Collection since the 16th of December, 1924.

    Harry Geoffrey BEASLEY (1881-1939)

    He was born on December 18, 1881 in Kent in East Plumbed. He is very young and shows interest in ethnography, travel and elsewhere. He would have acquired his first piece at the age of 13 years old. HIs fortune allowed him to continue collecting freely.


    In 1914, he married to his cousin Marguerite BEASLEY. They move into a house that will be called "Cranmore Ethnological Museum".


    They buy so much in European private collections as American. They also buy in auctions and even in local museum. It is estimated that more than 6,000 pieces are on display in Cranmore.


    Beasley died in 1939. His collection was then divided among different British museums including the British Museum. Irene survived him until 1974.


    The heirs began to sell little by little...

  • Mixtec, Zapotec, Aztec,...

    Whistle representing a monkey skull.
    Grey ceramic with remains of white stucco, certainly painted before.
    High : 25 cm
    Mixtec Culture, Aztec Period, 1300-1521 A.D.
    Very good condition.

    Private belgium collection.

    Bonhams, 11/12/2014

    Ex-Scott and Stuart Gentling Collection.

  • Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco,...

    Figure representing a standing warrior.

    Terra-cotta with remains of deposits.

    High : 15,8 cm

    Width : 7 cm

    Thickness : 6,2 cm

    Colima Culture, Pihuamo style, ca 100 B.C.-600 A.D.


    Marianne & Robert Huber

    Ex-american private collection, acquired in the 70's.

    Mask representing a stylized human face.

    Brown terra-cotta with remains of deposits.

    High : 23,4 cm

    Width : 18,8 cm

    Thickness : 7,5 cm

    Colima Culture, ca 100 B.C.-600 A.D.


    Breaks and restaurations (nose and left ear)

    Marianne & Robert Huber

    Purchased in the 70's

    Seated figure, representing a frog when laid.
    Green mottled stone.
    High : 7,8 cm
    Width : 5,3 cm
    Thickness : 4,3 cm
    Colima culture, ca 100 B.C-250 A.D.
    Ex-A.B. Collection, Paris.
    Exhibited and published in the catalog "Le cinquième Soleil' (the fifth sun), Musée Jacques Chirac, Sarran, 2012, n°58.

  • Totonac, Remojadas, Nopiloa,...

    Smiling face or "Sonriente" wearing a hat with a volute sign.

    Light brown terra-cotta.
    High : 13,3 cm
    Width : 14,5 cm
    Totonaque Culture, ca 450-950 A.D.
    Ex-Swiss Collection.

    Ex-Maria Wyss Collection.
    Very good condition.

    Representation of a noble man face.
    Light brown terra-cotta.
    High : 19,5 cm
    Width : 12,5 cm
    Thickness : 12,6 cm
    Totonac Culture, ca 450-950 A.D.


    Galerie Gerdes, Munich, Germany
    Anna Maria Posset (1922-2018), Würzburg / Miltenberg, Germany (purchased between 1975 and 1985)

    Priestess richly adorned with hands up.
    Polychrome Terracotta.
    High : 21 cm
    Width : 15 cm
    Thickness : 8,3 cm
    Vera Cruz Culture, Nopiloa, ca 450-750 A.D.
    Broken and small repaints.
    Hubert Primitive Art Gallery.
    American private Collection.

  • Mayas

    Tripod vessel with a deer painted.
    Brown- orange, red and black painted ceramic.
    High : 7 cm
    Diameter : 36,5 cm
    Maya Culture, ca 900-1250 A.D.
    A few chips otherwise in very good condition.
    Parisian private collection.

    Pendant representing a human face wearing a mask.
    High : 8,2 cm
    Width : 6,1 cm
    Thickness : 4 cm
    Maya Culture, ca 450-750 A.D.
    Small restaurations on the surface otherwise good condition.
    Ex-Ron Messick.

    3 knives or so-called "Eccentrics".
    Brown flint-stone.
    High : between 20,2 cm and 15,5 cm
    Width : between 4 cm and 3,8 cm
    Maya Culture, ca 550-950 A.D.
    Mexico or Guatemala.
    Possibility of separate sale.

    Only the 2 on the left are still available. The far right is sold.

    Vase with jaguar handles and human faces on the belly.
    White marble.
    High : 17 cm
    Width : 26 cm

    Diameter : 20 cm
    Maya Culture, ca 550-950 A.D.
    Ulua valley, Honduras.

  • Costa Rica

    Metate representing a stylised jaguar finely worked.

    Basaltic stone.

    High : 27 cm

    Width : 80 cm

    Thickness : 30 cm

    Atlantic watershed Culture, ca 300-700 A.D.

    Costa Rica.

    Break on the front feet, otherwise very good condition.

    Belgian private collection.

    Price upon request.

  • Ecuador

    Fantastic animal

    Basaltic stone.

    High : 6,5 cm

    Length : 13,2 cm

    Width : 9,2 cm

    Jama Coaque Culture, ca 500 B.C.-500 A.D.


    Ex-French private collection, near Blois.

  • Peru

    Textile representing a standing figure with arms and legs stretched.

    Linen and feathers

    High : 61 cm

    Width :60 cm

    Ica-Chincha Culture, ca 1000-1476 A.D.


    Two small restaurations otherwise, excellent condition.

    Private collection, France. In the same family since the 50's.

    Price upon request.

    Attention, this piece is submitted to certain conditions. Please, consult us.

    Mask representing a human stylized face.
    High : 17,5 cm
    Width : 9,3 cm
    Thickness : 6,2 cm
    Wari Culture, ca 700-1200 A.D.
    Ex-American collection.

    Mask representing a human stylized face.
    Hammered silver sheet widely covered with cinnabar and golden elements.
    High : 17 cm
    Width : 25 cm
    Thickness : 7 cm

    Sicàn Culture, ca 1100-1300 A.D.
    Lambayeque Valley, Peru.
    Ex-American collection.

  • Ruins of the temple of Minerva at the forum of Nerva

    Pen and black ink, graphite.

    Length: 51.5 cm

    Width: 39.6 cm

    Jean-Claude Naigeon

    1753 (Dijon) -1832 (Dijon)

    Naigeon then by inheritance in the same family since.

    From the Gallery Motte-Masselink, Paris, in 2012

    Exhibited and published in the catalogue made by the gallery Motte-Masselink


    Naigeon here picturesquely deals with the meeting of ancient history and the life of modern Rome. Onthe remains of the temple of Minerva, then half buried, the inhabitants had little by little fitted out houses by drilling windows and grafting balconies. A debris of this crippled monument had even been nicknamed by the Romans the Colonnacce. This Corinthian portico, adorned with a statue of Minerva and a frieze illustrating the manual work of which the goddess was the patron, grew almost at eye level. The first photographers still give us the testimony of the half-buried portico, since it was not excavated until the middle of the twentieth century. The artist experiences the dimension of the monument by comparing it to the size of the windows and that of the figures pulling the horse, in the lower right-hand section. This drawing and 45 others were published on the occasion of an exhibition made by the Motte Masselink gallery in 2012. La Ruine du temple de Minerve is reproduced under number 6. All of these drawings have remained in the artist's family since his death in 1832. And it is only in 2012 that we finally see part of the work of this winner of the Grand Prix de Rome desEtats de Bourgogne . After traveling in France and throughout Italy and having known the greatest artists of his time, he returned to teaching drawing in Dijon where he died.
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