MESA, Ariz. – A historic late 1800s Northern Plains quilled war shirt, an early 20th century fine weave Mission basket and a fully beaded Kiowa toy cradleboard from the early 1900s are three expected top lots at Big Fall Phoenix, an annual auction event held every autumn by Allard Auctions Inc., based in Saint Ignatius, Mont. This year’s auction is scheduled for Nov. 12-13. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix. Offered will be nearly 900 lots of American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles. Major categories will include Native American jewelry, handmade baskets, rugs/weavings, beadwork, pottery, clothing items and stone artifacts.
“We have some great beadwork, fantastic baskets and a lot more quality Indian jewelry, as well as some rare pottery, Navajo rugs, Northwest Coast items and a nice assortment of original Native American and Western art.” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions.
With an estimate of $20,000-$40,000, the Northern Plains quilled war shirt (above) is a favorite for top lot of the auction. The all-buckskin shirt boasts beautiful wide quilled sleeve and body strips, with traditional geometrics done in faded purples, pinks, green, yellow and red. A size large, it is in good condition, with some restoration and just a few missing or broken quills.
The early 1900s mission basket (below) is in the form of a flared polychrome bowl and depicts rare condor, eagle sheep, deer and chicken figures, all placed above a diamondback rattlesnake and polychrome star (or blossom). It is possibly the finest mission basket Allard Auctions has ever offered and could bring $12,500 to $25,000.
The early 20th century fully beaded Kiowa toy cradleboard is attributed to Atah (1855-1947). It has a loomed top strap, a twist fringe (possibly recently added), and even the original doll and her signature elongated diamonds in the body design. It was previously purchased at the Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1991 for $23,000 and is expected to sell for $10,000-$20,000.
A pair of late 1800s classic, buffalo-soled Ute beaded high-top moccasins (below), with the original matching leggings, sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded on green ochred antelope hide, in very good condition, has an estimate of $4,500-$9,000; while a large, circa-1970s heavy gauge, all-silver Navajo Concho belt with turquoise stones, marked “JS”, should fetch $2,500-$5,000.
A fine weave pictorial Navajo rug (below) by Lena Poyer, 50 inches by 40 inches, depicting Yei figures, done in beautiful earth tones and pastels, should rise to $3,000-$6,000; while a large, museum-quality, early 20th century twined conical Achumawi/Pit River basket with a traditional matte brown tip and classic high contrast geometric design should knock down at $2,500-$5,000.
Allard Auctions Inc., has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles at auction since 1968. For details about this auction call 888-314-0343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.