Early 20th century Native American Kiowa cradleboard climbs to $103,500 at Allard Auctions Aug. 9-10 A museum-quality, early 20th century Native American Kiowa cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards realized $103,500 at a “Best of Santa Fe 2013” sale held Aug. 9-10 by Allard Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Sep 04,2013 - (SANTA FE, N.M.) – A museum-quality, early 20th century Native American Kiowa cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards sailed past its pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$40,000 to realize $103,500 at a two-day “Best of Santa Fe 2013” sale held Aug. 9-10 by Allard Auctions, Inc., of St. Ignatius, Mont. The auction was held at the Scottish Rites Hall in Santa Fe.
The cradleboard, measuring 46 inches by 12 inches by 10 inches, was in fine condition. It had been consigned by a man in his late 90s who still remembered playing with the item as a toy in the 1920s, when he was a boy. It was later given to him by his grandmother. He had displayed the cradleboard in his home for most of the past 70-plus years before deciding to part with it.
In all, nearly 850 lots came up for bid in an auction that grossed about $517,000. Items included 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. Of those, 716 sold.
“This was a great beadwork and basket auction, a truly exciting event with eager bidders and wonderful merchandise,” said Steve Allard, owner of Allard Auctions, Inc. “The market is especially strong for the better pieces, which command strong prices. We have no problem at all selling top-of-the-line items and fortunately for us we attract a good many of those to our sales.”
About 150 people attended the event live over the course of the two days, while another 265 registered to bid online, via iCollector.com and Auctionzip.com. Internet traffic was also driven through the Allard Auctions website, at www.allardauctions.com. Phone bidding was permitted only for lots carrying a low estimate of at least $500, but it was brisk nonetheless.
Following are additional highlights for the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium (for in-house bidding) or a 20 percent premium (for online and phone bidding).
One other lot in the catalog topped the $10,000 mark. It was an expertly hand-carved and painted three-figure totem pole, executed in the mid to late 1800s and standing 37 inches tall, showing a raven, a beaver and a bear ($10,350). Also, an early 1900s rare and beautiful Sioux saddle drape, sinew stitched with lazy stitch beading, done in the traditional style, made $4,600.
A late classic, second phase variant Germantown Chief’s blanket, woven from Bayeta, Churro and Germantown yarns, made circa 1880s, sturdy and intact, with an exceptionally fine tight weave (80 inches by 55 ½ inches) brought $8,625; and a rare pictorial Navajo Germantown pictorial sampler rug, on the original loom and showing a train (circa late 1880s) brought $4,600, quite a surprise considering the pre-sale estimate was just $300-$600.
A fantastic Sioux fully beaded cradleboard with traditional Sioux designs in very good condition, made circa 1900 and measuring 10 inches by 27 inches, and with a picture from 1968 included,