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Art of the American West

Art of the American West returns to Moran’s March 15

Art of the American West
A Navajo First Phase silver concho belt. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Lovers of Western art and American Indian jewelry, craft and textiles will find several important selections in Moran’s Art of the American West auction on March 15. Rare early silver Navajo jewelry, including squash blossom necklaces and cuff bracelets, from the Collection of Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh are some of the most highly anticipated items in the sale. Stunning textiles, basketry and pottery are sure to pique the interest of avid collectors and a well-rounded selection of fine art both contemporary and classic fill the sale. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The Navajo began working in silver in the latter half of the 19th century with designs that evolved into the forms prized today. An early concho belt designed in sheet silver is a beautiful example of the classic form and heads to the block with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate (above).

An early Navajo squash blossom necklace centering a turquoise tablet shows the skills of the silversmith and is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000 (below).

Art of the American West
An early Navajo squash blossom necklace. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Moran’s image

A thin Navajo cuff made of hand-pulled wire and chiseled pattern dates from the late 19th century and slated to bring $800-$1,200 at the block.

Lovers of textiles, pottery and basketry will find plenty of tempting options in the sale. A gorgeous Navajo Second Phase women’s chief’s blanket with expertly woven bands of cochineal red, indigo blue, and natural wool is sure to bring $15,000-$20,000 at auction.

Art of the American West
A Navajo Second Phase woman’s chief’s blanket. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Moran’s image

A complete Navajo Classic Period woman’s dress with its distinctive bands of indigo blue is a wonderful example and is expected to sell between $10,000-$15,000.

A skillfully woven Mono Lake Paiute basket with three geometric bands comes to the block with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

Art of the American West
A Mono Lake Paiute basket. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Moran’s image

A blackware charger from famed artists Maria Martinez and Santa Martinez is sure to bring $1,500-$2,000.

The selections of Western art will appeal to collectors on March 15. A bright acrylic on canvas work by Taos artist Veloy Vigil is an outstanding example from the painter and is sure to sell between $12,000-$15,000.

Art of the American West
Veloy Vigil (1931-1997 Taos, N.M.), ‘Prarie Blaossom ’ [sic], acrylic on canvas. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Moran’s image
A fantastic work by John “Jack” Dare Howland of a bison with a prairie dog is expected to bring $2,000-$3,000 at the block. Sidestepper, a patinated bronze sculpture of a cowboy and his horse by Ed Mell in his distinctive style is sure to bring $7,000-$9,000.

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Art of the American West