Native American Kiowa cradleboard could realize $20,000-$40,000 at Allard Auctions, Aug. 9th-10th A full-size, all-original Native American Kiowa cradleboard, with beaded accents and original boards, is expected to sail past its pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$40,000 Aug. 9-10 at Allard Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Jul 19,2013 - (SANTA FE, N.M.) – A full-size, all-original Native American Kiowa cradleboard, with beaded accents and original boards, is expected to sail past its pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$40,000 and possibly into the record books at an auction of American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles slated for Aug. 9-10 by Allard Auctions, at Scottish Rites Hall in Santa Fe.
The museum-quality cradleboard, made in the early 1900s and measuring 46 inches by 12 inches by 10 inches, was consigned by a man in his late 90s who still remembers playing with the piece as a toy in the 1920s, when he was a boy. It was later given to him by his grandmother. The man has displayed the cradleboard in his home for the better part of the past 70-plus years.
The auction, billed as “Best of Santa Fe 2013,” will be conducted by Allard Auctions, Inc., with home offices on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Mont. Around 900 lots will come up for bid. Internet bidding will be facilitated by iCollector.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The Scottish Rites Hall is located at 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
The auction will be packed with original Native and Western art, historic beadwork, vintage Indian jewelry, Pueblo and prehistoric pottery, Native American basketry, kachina carvings, Navajo rugs and weavings, antique tradebeads, old photographs, Northwest Coast and Eskimo items. The catalog is on view at the Allard Auctions website – www.allardauctions.com.
“This auction is packed from top to bottom with quality merchandise in many categories, but we’re particularly excited about the more than 150 pieces of beadwork and over 100 Indian baskets,” said Steve Allard, owner of Allard Auctions, Inc. “The beadwork is the best we’ve ever seen, and I expect new auction records will be set by the time it’s over. Same with the baskets.”
Mr. Allard added, “Sales and interest in beadwork and baskets is strong, as it is in other areas of American Indian artifacts. The market is strong, and I see it getting even stronger. The high-end items continue to bring top dollar and there’s certainly no shortage of eager buyers. Some of our customers have been with us for 45 years or more. Many have become consignors.”
Two lots carry the same $20,000-$40,000 pre-sale estimate as the Kiowa cradleboard. One is a rare, circa 1900 full Cheyenne war dance outfit, consisting of a shirt and matching leggings, with all flat beaded geometric strips plus beaded chest shields and a nice contoured fringe. The other is a full Mandan war shirt set, with a fantastic painted hide war shirt with quilled strips and shields, human hair suspensions, matching leggings, moccasins and a belt.
Another pair of lots could make or exceed the $20,000 mark. The first is a circa 1880s Germantown chief’s blanket measuring 80 inches by 55 ½ inches (est. $12,500-$25,000). The late classic second phase variant blanket is woven from Bayeta, Churro and Germantown yarns. The second is a large