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Tony Abeyta, ‘The Navajo Yei Council of Gods,’ est. $2,000-$4,000  

Best of the West celebrated at John Moran’s July 26 sale

Tony Abeyta, ‘The Navajo Yei Council of Gods,’ est. $2,000-$4,000  

Tony Abeyta, ‘The Navajo Yei Council of Gods,’ est. $2,000-$4,000

LOS ANGELES — For those that are longing for a sense of adventure, yet don’t want to leave the house, John Moran Auctioneers offers its Art of the American West Online auction on Tuesday, July 26, beginning at noon Pacific time. The 284-lot sale features a wide range of artwork, Native American ceramics, textiles and accessories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A monumental and ornate blackware vessel by Margaret Tafoya attained $16,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2018 at Cowan’s Auctions.

Santa Clara blackware: rooted in Native American tradition

A monumental and ornate blackware vessel by Margaret Tafoya attained $16,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2018 at Cowan’s Auctions.

A monumental and ornate blackware vessel by Margaret Tafoya attained $16,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2018 at Cowan’s Auctions.

NEW YORK — Santa Clara blackware pottery is renowned for its sleek and nearly metallic black finish that is typically carved with Native American imagery or geometric elements. Pueblo potters in this region of New Mexico, particularly the Tafoya family, are well known for their handcrafted vessels, which traditionally have been made by girls and women. A few men potters, however, have seen their work perform well at auction, and have become more well known in recent decades, including Joseph Lonewolf, Nathan Martinez, Greg Garcia, and Jerry Sisneros.

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