Yes, he used to collect tribal art and I bumped into him a few times at a tribal dealer in London. His hotel down in Southern Italy was decorated with his tribal collection, and he favoured colourful folk art like pieces, so your articulated figure sounds right (I once saw him buy a Bamana marionette, which sounds similar). He also had a large number of Adan figures, which could be what your twin figs are (or they could be Ewe or Fon, as I don't think Fante did twins).If you post photos, I could let you know.
I also heard that he had stopped buying tribal, and he previously disposed of most of his tribal textiles in 2 sales at Sothebys Olympia in June 2006 and May 2007, see:http://www.economist.com/node/9245994
He has a history of building up collections and then selling. His previous collection of Aboriginal artifacts he built up in the 80s and 90s is more famous.
Which saleroom did you get these at?
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "Lawrence" <lawrence_owens@...> wrote:
> Dear All - I recently bought some really remarkable pieces in a London saleroom. They include a pair of West African twins (I *think* Fante) and a four-foot Tanzanian sculpture with articulated limbs. They are purported to come from the collection of Lord McAlpine of Wood Green, the Tory peer. I have found some vague references to the fact he *had* an art collection, but does anyone know anything specfic about it, or of anyone who might know? Many thanks, Lawrence