The Yossef Maiman Collection - Important Pre-Columbian Pottery and Textile Hammeriste and In Cooperation with David Ben Ami Andres Auctions (Antiquities license number 299)

We’re proud to present the Yossef Maiman Collection of Pre-Columbian Art in cooperation with David Ben Ami Andres Auctions (Antiquities license number 299).

This collection was carefully curated for over 30 years by Mr. Maiman in association with world renowned experts in Peruvian art – Alfredo Rosenzweig, Krysztof Makowski, Maria Jesus Jimenez Diaz, Janusz Z. Woloszyn and Dan Eban former curator of the Israel Museum of Art.

This endeavour was a tribute to Mr. Maiman’s family, who sought refuge in Peru post-Holocaust. Even after settling in Israel, his bond with Peru remained unbroken. He held the title of Honorary Consul of Peru and championed numerous Peruvian cultural initiatives in Israel.

The collection boasts two primary provenances:

A significant portion of the pottery originates from the Kemper’s collection. Kate Kemper was born in Germany in 1908, and a trip to Peru ignited her passion for its art. She amassed an impressive collection, primarily during her European travels for the business she managed. Her collection’s significance is evident, with major exhibitions like ‘Ancient Peruvian Art’ in London (1962) and ‘Alt Peru, Die Sammlung Kemper’ in Münster (1972). In the 1970s, she donated a substantial part to the "Museum of Islamic Art" and that collection was later purchased by Mr. Maiman. The rest was auctioned at Christie’s, Amsterdam in 1995.

The textile segment hails from the "Haifa Museum of Art." After an exhibition and the subsequent closure of the museum’s ethnology department, Mr. Maiman acquired the collection in the late 1980s.

Mr. Maiman dedicated years to meticulously cataloguing each piece. His dedication culminated in three exhaustive books, highlighting the collection’s gems. Two of them, available online ( ; ), serve as a reference and further reading for potential buyers and accompany our online catalogue.

 NOTICE TO ALL BUYERS Condition is not stated in the catalogue. All items are sold as-is where-is. The absence of such reference does not imply that the lot is in good condition or free from faults or imperfections. All dimensions are approximate and intended only as a guide. Prospective buyers should satisfy themselves by inspection as to the condition of each lot. Condition reports can, however, be provided on request but are for general guidance only and any such report is.