Antique Tribal Art Dealers Assn. to host debut online auction Aug. 18

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‘Tony Da Bear,’ San Ildefonso ceramic bear figure of native clay, inlaid turquoise, hsi beads and flint arrowhead; circa 1960s, 5¼ x 7 x 4¼ inches. Estimate: $24,000-$29,000

NEW YORK – The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA) has formed a new partnership with Jasper52, a New York company that provides auction marketing and catalog-production services to sellers of high-quality art, antiques and vintage collectibles. The first joint venture teaming ATADA dealers with Jasper52 is a Sunday, August 18 online tribal art auction running exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. The boutique selection of carefully curated cultural art includes jewelry, handcrafted pottery, masks, figures, textiles, weapons, and other high-quality objects.

Collaborative effort brings highest-quality tribal art & objects from prestigious dealers to collectors worldwide via online-only auction format

One of the top highlights is a superb Northwest Coast ceremonial dance mask made circa 1870 and repainted around 1900-1910. Standing 8½ inches tall, it is made of wood and tanned hide with feather nubs. The mask is the work of the Heiltsu tribe (Bella Bella) of the central coast of British Columbia. Formerly owned by a hereditary chief who had the right to sell the mask, it is accompanied by a historical analysis written by Steven C. Brown, a scholar of Northwest Coast art and a former curator at the Seattle Art Museum. The pre-sale estimate is $9,000-$11,000.

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Northwest Coast ceremonial dance mask, circa 1870, repainted 1900-1910; 8½ inches high. Wood, paint, tanned hide, feather nubs. Estimate: $9,000-$11,000

An exquisite San Ildefonso polychrome jar by Blue Corn was created in the 1970s from native clay and pigment, and fired in the traditional manner. Its dimensions are 11 by 10 inches and its medley of earth tones ranges from olive green and muted ochre to matte black and white. The artist’s signature and the later addition “Fenn Gallery Santa Fe Mar 5, 1979” appear under the base. This handsome vessel is expected to make $4,000-$5,000 at auction.

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San Ildefonso polychrome jar by Blue Corn, 1970s, native clay and pigment, 11 x 10 inches, originally purchased directly from the artist. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000

Also a product of the San Ildefonso Pueblo, a ceramic bear figure (shown at top of page) from the 1960s was formed from native clay with turquoise inlaid accents and hsi beads wrapped around the body to contain a flint arrowhead. The stylized figure titled “Tony Da Bear” is sophisticated in its simplicity and, based on its excellent condition and rich coloration, has been extremely well cared for over the past half-century. Its pre-auction estimate is $24,000-$29,000.

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Vintage David Tsikewa Zuni Pueblo carved fetish necklace, 1950s/early 1960s, 73 birds and 12 animal fetishes (85 total). Estimate: $7,000-$8,000

A sampling of other notable auction lots includes a fine Northwest Coast Chilat dancing blanket, $59,000-$71,000; a Pre-Columbian Moche (Peru) copper funerary mask, circa 300BC to 300AD, $6,000-$7,000; a Colima (West Mexico) jagged-toothed redware pottery dog, $2,500-$3,000; Navajo turquoise/silver jewelry, Zuni fetish necklaces, and antique hand-crafted wooden objects from New Guinea, Oceanic and African tribes.

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Pre-Columbian Moche (Peru) copper funerary mask, circa 300BC to 300AD. Estimate: $6,000-$7,000

The Sunday, August 18 online-only auction will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and will be conducted exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. Enquiries about any item in the sale may be directed to Jessica Mizrachi. Email or call 917-382-5114.

 About the ATADA

The ATADA is an association of tribal arts dealers, auction houses, museums and collectors who are dedicated to fostering and maintaining the highest standards of ethics, integrity and responsible business practices. ATADA dealers guarantee the authenticity, condition and legal title of every purchase. The group encourages education about cultural objects and the roles they played, and continue to play, within their respective cultures.

About Jasper52

Jasper52 helps select auction houses, dealers, galleries and trade associations to produce themed auctions of goods that have been vetted by knowledgeable auctioneers and appraisers. Absentee and live online bidding for all Jasper52 auctions is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.