• 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 : 24,8 cm
    Width : 17,5 cm
    Thickness : 16 cm
    Mixtec Culture, Aztec Period, 1300-1521 A.D.
    Restauration of the lower part of the left ear otherwise in good condition.

  • 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

    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"T wearing a hat with 2 Ollins signs. Light brown terra-cotta.
    High : 16 cm
    Width : 20,5 cm
    Thickness : 12,3 cm
    Totonaque Culture, ca 450-950 A.D.
    Ex-English Collection.
    TL test.

    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.

    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.

  • Ancient and recent photographs

    Désiré Charnay (French, 1828-1915)
    General view of ruins in Uxmal, Mexico, pl. 49, ca 1860.
    Albumen paper, mounted and framed.
    32,2 cm x 42,9 cm

  • Events

    Dialog between the photographs of François Roelants and the precolumbian artworks of Galerie 1492 - September 11th to October 6th 2018
    On the occasion of the Month of Photography in Paris, Gallery 1492 continues its dialogue with the art of photography by choosing this year to expose the link with the pre-Columbian artworks. A view of the ruins of Uxmal by Charnay will be shown. Great photographers as Edward S. Curtis or Carl...
    TEFAF, Maastricht, 2017, 11-20 March On the occasion of his fourth TEFAF, Galerie 1492 presents a selection of important pieces from major European and American collections.
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  • Address

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    The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Otherwise by appointment.

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