CINCINNATI – Hindman will present an impressive range of jewelry by early and contemporary master Native American artists in its Thursday, July 13 Native American Jewelry auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The sale will be anchored by a strong group of Hopi jewelry by internationally renowned designer Charles Loloma (1921-1991). With more than 200 lots, an assortment of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Pueblo necklaces, rings, concha belts and earrings crafted by leading designers such as Preston Monongye, Julian Lovato, Lewis Lomay and Denise Wallace are also among sale highlights. Significant collections include John and Doris Curran of Indiana and the Smith collection of Arizona.
Hindman Specialist in Native American Art Erin Rust said: “Charles Loloma, along with artists such as Luiseno painter Fritz Scholder, brought Native art and jewelry into a new light. They not only changed how and what Native artists were creating but also how the public viewed these pieces.”
The auction will feature 10 striking works by Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma. A multidisciplinary artist, Loloma started making jewelry in 1955 and quickly became a pioneer in the field, forever changing the landscape of Native art. Straying away from the traditional, Loloma used exotic woods, fossilized mastodon, walrus ivory, lapis lazuli and other semiprecious stones to create architectural jewelry, nodding to his Hopi heritage and the landscape he grew up in.
Designs by Loloma include a wide tufa cast height cuff bracelet, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; a Lander turquoise and 18K gold ring, estimated at $18,000-$22,000; and a Bisbee turquoise and 14K gold tufa cast shield ring, estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Additional auction highlights include a 1993 sterling silver and 14K gold Bird Head Mask necklace by Denise Wallace (Chugach-Sugpiaq, b. 1957-), estimated at $10,000-$15,000; an award-winning sterling silver ram’s horn necklace by Lewis Lomay (Hopi, 1915-1996), estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and a large silver tufa cast Shakalo pin or pendant by Preston Monongye (Mission-Adopted Hopi, 1927-1987), estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
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