Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion


We had the pleasure of visiting the magnificent collection donated by Martine and Léon Cligman, exhibited at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Fontevraud, where we found a few pieces from our collection. The quality of the pieces on display and the scenography justify a visit.

GB OppitzShamans of the blind country


His legendary publication

Morphologie der Schamanentrommel

was originally published in German.

It has just been translated and published as

Shamans of the blind country
A picture book from the Himalaya

Professor Oppitz will present and sign the book at the Toit du Monde on the afternoon of September 1st.

Rouv livre MacdoRECIT DE VIE

By Alexander W. Macdonald

Anne Vergati has just published a manuscript by Alexander W. Macdonald.

Its sub-title "From Indian Army fighter to Himalayan ethnologist" gives a glimpse into parts of the life of this great researcher that are not well known.

On October 7, 2021, the presentation will take place at the Galerie Le Toit du Monde.


affiche hommage JLCHomage to Jean-Luc Cortes

Traveler, dealer, collector and self-taught researcher

Jean-Luc Cortes' contribution to the study of Western Nepalese art

par le Dr David C. Andolfatto

September 7, 2021 - 6:30 pm at Le Toit du Monde Gallery

This tribute evening will present the work of Jean-Luc Cortes for the recognition of the arts of Western Nepal. Jean-Luc Cortes, who passed away in July 2021, remains to this day one of the few Himalayan art dealers and collectors to have gone into the field, not (to our knowledge) to collect objects, but to better understand their cultural context. It is partly through the book La Statuaire Primitive de l'Ouest du Népal, published in 2011 but remained very confidential, that we will evoke the arts of this little known region of Nepal, their perception since the middle of the XXe century as well as the scientific contribution of this passionate Nepalese.

Clement CourgeonAt first glance

The Beaux-Arts de Paris and the galleries of Saint-Germain-des-Prés join forces to allow young graduate artists to exhibit in the original format of the showcase and offer the public a look at the young creation during the summer period.

We host Clément Courgeon

His work will be on display until September 2

9782868051066Embassy of Samuel Turner
in Bhutan and Tibet

Collection: Fleuve Jaune
Author(s): Samuel Turner
ISBN: 2-86805-106-5
Format: 13 x 23 cm, 144 pages

Preface by Françoise Pommaret

In 1786, in order to provide northern India with open trade routes, the East India Company sent the young Cape Turner on an embassy to Bhutan and Tibet, with the sole mission of assuring the entourage of the very young Panchen Lama of the Company's good intentions...

Samuel Turner makes quasi-ethnographic observations that make this embassy a valuable record of the customs, mores and institutions of Bhutan and Tibet in the late eighteenth century.

Following the evening conference of Françoise Pommaret, we share this publication from 2013.


For those interested in the socio-cultural practices of Greenland, The ABCDaire of Polar Eskimos - The Inughuit, the northernmost Inuit community on the planet of Christiane Drieux, is available on the website:

You can also find his presentation at L'ARCH events in the tab Filmed evenings.

Enjoy your reading!

Francçoi Pannier© Photo Adrien Viel

FRANÇOIS PANNIER, gallery owner, inventor of the Himalayan art market

François Pannier has endeavored to build a Himalayan art market since the 1970s, when it was non-existent. He has just made two donations, one to a museum in Cannes, the other to Confluences in Lyon.

by Stéphanie Pioda

Where does your passion for Asian art come from?

It started at least 65 years ago—I’m 77! The family context had much to do with it, between one of my uncles’ libraries at my grandmother’s house in Touraine, where I spent every summer reading Arnould Galopin’s novels about adventures in Indian temples whose statues had huge rubies for eyes, the musée de l’Homme and the musée Guimet in Paris, where I went so often I wore grooves in the floors—my parents lived nearby next to place du Trocadéro—and my father’s big travel books with pictures of New Caledonia. Plus, a friend of mine’s grandfather was in Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion (editor’s note: a Chinese nationalist uprising led by the eponymous sect) and met Pierre Loti (editor’s note: writer and French naval officer). I was steeped in a context that fostered this fascination with Asia. I bought my first Chinese objects when I was about 14 or 15.

Read the rest of the article - La Gazette de Drouot.