Born in 1947 in Paris, Daniel Marchesseau is a General Heritage Curator and Art Historian, and was the Director of the musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris.
André Fourquet (Saint-Laurent du Maroni, 1928 - Salamanque, 2001) was considered as being one of the greatest Parisian collectors in the field of arts from Africa and Oceania.
He was a member of the pre-selection committee for the acquisitions of the musée du quai Branly, but the Museum was only able to benefit from his wisdom for a period of time that was regrettably too short. Even before his short input into the Museum, he had been highly attentive to the future museum's program and its role on the national and international stage with the opening of the Pavillon des Sessions in the Louvre Museum in 2000. He had developed an in-depth knowledge of the arts of Africa, with a special taste for the arts from Gabon. He was also interested in other cultures, especially those of Oceania, of which which he had acquired remarkable testimonials and works.
In 2002, a figure of a Fang shrine guard (Gabon) was donated by Daniel Marchesseau to the musée du quai Branly in memory of André Fourquet.
This Fang shrine guard figure, still called a Byéri male statuette is exhibited in the musée du quai Branly's Permanent Collections (Africa section).