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Ex- Anthony JP Meyer Collection. Sold to de Young Museum along with Tami Island Betel-nut Mortar (1987.4).
"The Marquesan stone you asked me about never belonged to the Museum of La Rochelle. His owner was Dr. E. Loppé, Director of the Museum [d'Histoire et d'Ethnographie de la Rochelle (France)]. When he died (1954), his widow sold this piece to an antiquarian on 1955, F. Chanudet bought it from him and sold it to Kamer on 1970. Later, this stone was for sale at Sotheby's, on 9 april 1984 (see p. 23 in the catalogue). This figure was probably purchased from the Blin's collection, but is not coming from Dr. S. Chauvet.
Charles Blin, born at Chartres on July 5, 1850, died at Becon-Les-Bruyeres-Courbevoie (Seine), on April 5, 1929. Was an ethnographic amateur. He was employed at the Railway. He acquired his collection by going to the flea market and old iron dealers. He bequeathed his collection to Dr. Loppe, old conservator of the museum on condition that he would be given a pension for life. To our knowledge, Mr. Blin never did travel outside of France" (Dr. R. Duguypersonal communication, 8/21/1985).
Museum purchase, Wattis Fund
Art Centre Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Gauguin and Polynesia: South Pacific Encounters; Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Sept 24 - Dec 31, 2011; Seattle Art Museum, Feb 14 - April 29, 2012.