Skinner: Affordable items at Indian & Ethnographic sale Jan. 15
BOSTON – Skinner will host an auction of American Indian and Ethnographic Art in its Boston gallery on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Eastern. Included in this eclectic sale are a number of affordable finds. Whether a seasoned collector or a novice, this sale offers textiles, pottery, art and sculpture for every kind of bidder.
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Sale 2533B offers a wide variety of Pre-Columbian textiles, some with estimates starting as low as $200.
One featured textile is a woven Peruvian poncho, circa A.D. 200-700. The panels show standing mythological figures wearing double serpent head belts and holding what appear to be arrows. The poncho comes from the collection of Michael Mitchell, collected in the 1920s by his great-grandfather Ernest Mitchell. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
The sale also includes some nice Tribal material including a fine selection of masks and sculptures. Featured are two Yoruba pieces: a carved wood helmet mask and a carved wood shrine figure, each estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Also of note is a rare Songe carved stool. Provenance: Frank Crowinsheild, New York, John Graham, New York, 1940s, Arthur Rothenberg. The stool is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Other Tribal highlights include a Polynesian “Lizard Man” figure from Easter Island, also from the Arthur Rothenberg collection, and estimated at $5,000-$7,000, and a classic Maori cloak from the early 19th century estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
Plains material being offered includes two miniature tepees and two hide dolls from the 19th century, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; 15 ledger drawings by Southern Arapaho artist Mad Bull, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; and a large beaded hide male doll, standing 31 inches, and estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Featured moccasins include a pair from the Central Plains, Lakota, estimated at $1,500-$2,000; a pair from the Southern Plains, Cheyenne, estimated at $2,000-$2,500; another pair from the Southern Plains, Cheyenne, this pair a beaded high-top girl’s moccasin, estimated at $3,000-$4,000; and a pair from the Southwest, Mescalero Apache, estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
Other works of note from the Central Plains include a Cheyenne beaded hide pipebag from the third quarter of the 19th century, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; an Arapaho beaded and quilled hide pipe bag, coming to Skinner from the Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation, and estimated at $15,000-$20,000; a Cheyenne beaded hide bow case and quiver estimated at $12,000-$16,000; and a Great Lakes beaded cloth bandolier bag with an American flag and eagle motif estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
From the Northwest Coast comes an Eskimo carved ivory pipe, estimated at $1,500-$2,000; another Alaskan ivory pipe, estimated at $1,000-$1,500; two large polychrome carved totem poles, both from the early 20th century – one estimated at $8,000-$12,000, the other at $10,000-$15,000; a carved mountain sheep horn feast ladle estimated at $10,000-$15,000; and the cover lot, a rare shaman’s rattle, probably Tlingit, and estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
The sale also features two very nice Kachina dolls, both Hopi, circa 1900, one estimated at $500-$700, the other at $2,500-$3,500, and a fine collection of more than 20 Southwest fetishes ranging in price from $300 on the low end to $1,200 on the high. Textiles are also being offered including two Navajo weavings, one from the second quarter of the 20th century, estimated at $800-$1,000, and the other from the first quarter of the 20th century, estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Navajo pictorial weavings expected to draw interest include one 1920s example estimated at $4,000-$6,0000; another from the Ex Lynn Trusdell collection, estimated at $5,000-$7,000; and a variant sandpainting weaving estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Earlier textiles include a Serape-style child’s blanket, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 and a third phase chief’s blanket from Fred Harvey Co., with original lead seal and price tag of $65, estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Pottery offerings are highlighted by 20 lots of black-on-black pottery by Maria, with estimates ranging from $200 on the low end to $6,000 on the high. Two beautiful, museum-quality Nampeyo pieces will also be up for bid, one a bowl from Paul Hulderman, descended in his family, and estimated at $10,000-$15,000, the other a jar from the ex-collection of Jerold Collins.
Basketry of interest includes two nice pictorial Apache works, one a coiled bowl estimated at $1,000-$1,500, the other, a tray estimated at $3,000-$5,000. A historic “Tootsie Dick Sam” coiled bowl, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, is likely to draw interest, as is a Northern California twined pictorial basket with an elk on each side and estimated at $800-$1,200.
Previews for the auction will be Thursday, Jan. 13, noon to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Illustrated catalog #2533B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 508-970-3000 x3240. It is also available at the gallery for $32.
For details visit Skinner’s website at skinnerinc.com.
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE