SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Native American & Spanish Colonial Decorative Arts on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time/1:30 p.m. Eastern. Sourced primarily from two collections, this online auction offers over 235 diverse and intriguing lots from the 18th-20th centuries, mostly from the U.S., Mexico, Latin American or South America. Some lots from Africa, Europe and Asia complete the sale. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Spanish Colonial items, produced by Spain’s colonies in the New World, include retablos; figures of saints; trunks, chests and coffers; embroidery; folding chairs; altar decorations; and a silver monstrance. A selection of pottery comes from Spain and Mexico, including Talavera items. Also from Mexico are retablos, rugs and a pictorial blanket, jewelry, spurs, a ceremonial horse figure, a horse bridle, sombreros and carved coconuts. From Latin America are processional crowns, a silver tray, stirrups and carved figures. From South America are Andean ritual offerings, a Shipibo pot, a Brazilian dagger, masks from Ecuador and the Amazon, spurs and stirrups.
Among the featured artworks are paintings by Victor Higgins (above), Gerald Ira Diamond Cassidy and Kelly Pruitt; and a sculpture by Jacques and Mary Regat. The sale also features an array of Native American offerings, including pottery, basketry, jewelry, beaded items and rugs. Pottery from numerous tribes is represented: San Ildefonso, Hopi, Acoma, Mata Ortiz, San Juan, Zuni, Jemez, Santa Clara, Tesuque, Zia, Isleta, Santo Domingo, Nambe and Pueblo. Baskets and other weavings come from the Pima, Apache, Paiute, Havasupai, Navajo and Makah. Beaded items include a tobacco bag and moccasins; rugs are from the Navajo. Among the jewelry offerings are squash blossom necklaces, old pawn items, and concha and silver dollar coin belts.
Other items in the sale include antique drinking cups, European lock mechanisms, sabers, Indian metal candle holders, African and Ashanti stools, Qashqai kilims, silver metal pendants, a Turkish belt, Inuit sculptures and cast bronze mortars.
Here are highlights of the upcoming sale:
– Lot 108: Victor Higgins (1894-1949), framed oil on paper signed Victor Higgins and title Madonna. Provenance: Zaplin-Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Estimate $15,000-$25,000.
– Lot 7: Spanish Colonial carved figure of a saint, 19th century, perhaps a depiction of a well-dressed St. Francis, the open chest area containing a relic of that saint; 24 inches high by 12 by 6 inches. Estimate $2,500-$3,500.
– Lot 25: European Delftware and Mexican Talavera tibor. European Delftware medicine jar, 18th or 19th century, with a Mexican Talavera tibor, circa second quarter 20th century, polychrome, signed YU for Ysauro Uriarte. Largest measures 6½ inches high by 4 inches in diameter. Estimate $800-$1,200.
– Lot 74: Mexican Saltillo pictorial blanket, approximately 90 inches x 44 inches. Estimate $500-$800.
– Lot 1: Spanish Colonial retablo, late 19th or early 20th century, on canvas, depicting an archangel, possibly Gabriel. Estimate $400-$600.
– Lot 198: Native American turquoise and silver squash blossom necklace, 16 inches in length. Approximate total weight: 270 grams. Estimate $500-$700.
– Lot 26: A Spanish Colonial trunk, 19th-century domed leather-covered trunk with tack detail and cast- iron locks; 22 inches high by 44½ inches wide x 21½ inches deep. Estimate $700-$1,000.
– Lot 192: Sioux beaded tobacco bag, last quarter of the 19th century; 44 inches long by 7½inches. Estimate $1,500-$2,000.
– Lot 160: San Ildefonso pottery bowl by Maria Martinez and Popovi Da, made between 1956 and 1959. Estimate $800-$1,200.
– Lot 114: Bronze sculpture title: Perilous Sea and signed Jacques and Mary Regat, edition: 8/38, dated 1989, 24 inches by 33 by 8½ inches. Estimate $3,000-$4,000.
– Lot 220: Mexican silver cuff bracelet, first half 20th century, designed with crossed arms holding amethyst bouquets, stamped Mexico Sterling M, 2 inches high by 3 inches wide, weight: 90 grams. Estimate $200-$400.
– Lot 194: Navajo Two Grey Hills rug, approximately 89 inches by 54 inches. Estimate $800-$1,200.
For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions + Appraisals, at 415-964-5250 or email@example.com.