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The original, one-of-a-kind, 26-inch-long necklace – co-designed by Andrew of Scottsdale and Alexander, Artist in Gold – boasted 26 custom beads and squash blossoms. The naja – the inverted crescent pendant on squash-blossom necklaces, a term coined by the Navajo – was set with a beautiful turquoise stone. The sides were Lone Mountain. The necklace was the top lot of the auction.
“Jewelry was strong across the board, so it didn’t surprise me the necklace did well,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions Inc. “Rugs and weavings were also a hit and a couple of the beadwork pieces from a collection in Nebraska got attention.” Some of the other major categories included handmade baskets, Kachina carvings, pottery and clothing. Allard called the auction a success.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. For publication purposes, all prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium, although the percent may have actually been different on some items, depending on how the bid was placed.
A rare, circa-1980s black-on-black San Ildefonso water bowl, or “spirit bowl,” by Carmelita Dunlap, with cutout access and accompanying ladle changed hands for $2,587. Its cut-in steps represented kiva steps. The bowl was in very good condition except for a tiny scratch and measured 7¼ inches by 11¼ inches.
An early 20th century, hand-crafted white buckskin Mandan war shirt set with matching leggings – both items featuring colorful, finely quilled ornaments, human hair suspensions and painted horseshoes – hammered for $1,840. The set was in excellent condition. The shirt measured 34 inches by 29 inches, while the leggings measured 35 inches by 12 inches.
A circa-1900 deep hard-sided Klickitat basket with intact rim loops and an interior containing 18 rare female figures, in fine condition, rose to $2,300. A Navajo rug made by Agatha Garnenez and measuring 38 inches by 66 inches, with some details – a Two Grey Hills runner – went for $1,955. The weaving won an award at the 1962 Arizona State Fair.
An outstanding pair of fancy parade gloves, or gauntlets, with extended beaded tops having fine floral motifs, well-worn but with the beadwork in very good condition, realized $2,587; and a circa 1970s all-silver squash-style cross Pueblo necklace with sandcast features, turquoise stones and early bench-made dime beads, 33 inches long and in very good condition, breezed to $1,840.
An early 1900s pair of sinew sewn and lazy stitch Arapaho beaded hard-soled moccasins, with a great design and only minor bead loss, went for $1,840. A hand-carved “Tlingit Chief” Shonaha doll, wearing a Chilkat blanket and with a fine Lelooska carved Potlach hat and staff, hit $2,185. A circa-1900 old sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded two-sided buffalo hide Sioux pipe-and-tobacco bag with traditional geometric designs and faded quilled slat suspensions made $2,415.
Allard Auctions Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Mont., has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles at auction since 1968. The firm is always accepting quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, call them at 406-745-0500 or 888-314-0343; or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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