Leslie Hindman Auctioneers ventures West, April 20-21


Oscar E Berninghaus, (American, 1874-1952), ‘Wandering Home Seeker,’ 1951, oil on canvas board, 12 x 15½ in. Estimate $ 20,000-$40,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ biannual Arts of the American West auction will be conducted Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, in the firm’s Denver saleroom. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The sale will feature over 500 lots of historic and contemporary Western paintings, Native American arts and objects, Southwestern jewelry, a collection of Native American baskets, Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, Western design furniture and other cowboy collectibles. Also included is a collection of pre-Columbian pottery of Mesoamerica from the collection of Joan Cooke of Prairie Village, Kansas.

Among Western art highlights are Oscar Berninghaus’ Wandering Home Seeker, oil on canvas board (est. $20,000–$40,000) and Charles M. Russel’s Black Tail, Buffalo Days, oil on canvas (estimate $80,000–$120,000). Other highlights include works by William Robinson Leigh, Fritz Scholder, Clyde Aspevig, Porfirio Salinas (below), Dan Metz, Michael Coleman, Burt Proctor, Ila McAfee, William Sanderson, Kevin Red Star and Bill Schenck.


Porfirio Salinas (American, 1910-1973), Untitled, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

Featured in the Native American arts session are 100 lots of Southwest Indian jewelry including pieces by Charles Loloma (Hopi), Dennis and Nancy Edaakie (Zuni), Lee Yazzie (Navajo), Julian Lovato (Santa Domingo) and others. Loloma jewelry to be offered includes a Hopi silver, turquoise and ironwood belt buckle estimated at $4,000–$6,000; a Hopi silver and multistone inlay belt buckle estimated at $4,000–$6,000; and a Hopi silver and multistone inlay ring with an estimate at $600–$800.

The sale includes a collection of Native American pottery, textiles and baskets from a private Southwest Colorado collector. Highlights from this collection include two Margaret Tafoya redware vases; a Santa Clara redware vase with an estimate of $8,000–$12,000 and a redware wedding vase that carries an estimate of $3,000–$5,000.


Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001), Santa Clara redware vase with incised decoration, 17 x 14 in. Estimate $8,000-12,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

Other pottery highlights from this collection include works by famed San Ildefonso artisans Maria Martinez and her son Popovi Da, including a blackware feather jar with an estimate of $3,000–$5,000, and another black-on-black jar with an estimate of $5,000–$7,000. Additional works are available by Pueblo artisans such as Helen Shupla, Joy Navasie, Rachel Samie Nampeyo, Carmelita Dunlap, Jody Folwell and Richard Zane Smith.

Also to be offered is a strong session of Native American baskets from a Southwestern Colorado collector and the estate of Roger Pendelton Wood of Boulder, Colorado, with many examples from Indian tribes in the Southwest, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Top lots from the Colorado collection are several large striking Western Apache olla baskets such as a rare pictorial wedding basket with an estimate $3,000–$5,000; a large Western Apache pictoral olla basket estimated to bring $8,000–$12,000 and a unique Chemehuevi pictorial olla basket with an estimate of $3,000–$5,000.


Western Apache pictorial wedding basket depicting a man, woman and animal figures,
height 7½ x width 12½ in. Estimate $ 3,000-5,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

Among the estate highlights are a collection of Northern California baskets including Karok examples estimated at $800-$1,200, a Yokut bottleneck basket estimated at $800–$1,200 and a collection of Tlingit baskets, together with an Eskimo example, that carry an estimate of $600-$800.

Of particular interest are the Northwest Pacific Coast artifacts including a late 19th– early 20th century Haida polychrome totem pole (est. $6,000–$8,000) and a Tlingit ceremonial bowl and carved spoon (est. $1,500–$2,500 and $1,000–$2,000). Other highlights include late 19th–early 20th century Navajo blankets and rugs, Native American beadwork and more.


Navajo crystal pictorial rug, early 20th century, 127 x 66 in. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

Also available is a collection of Western designer furnishings including items by Thomas Molesworth and several lots by the late Tom Bice, founder of Cowboy Classics in Longmont Colorado. Among the cowboy collectibles is a black leather and silver parade saddle, circa 1940, with matching bridle and serape (est. $3,000–$5,000).

“This sale represents true collaboration with our regional offices,” said Rachel Enright, who is head of the sale. “We are pleased to offer property from passionate collectors across the country who have worked with our local staff to bring their collections to auction.”

The sale will be conducted live in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Denver saleroom at 1024 Cherokee St., Suite 200. Session I will begin on Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m. Mountain time/5 p.m. Eastern, and Session II on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. Mountain/noon Eastern. For additional information, contact Enright at rachelenright@lesliehindman.com or 303-825-1855.