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.
breezed to $7,475; and an excellent Central Plains beaded hide cradleboard with a doll that had one child’s moccasin tied on, made circa 1880-1910, 24 inches long, garnered $4,025.
A late 1800s original gold tone photograph by renowned photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), titled At the Old Well of Tacoma, in the original frame and with the original Curtis Studio label on the back, signed, 8 inches by 10 inches, fetched $4,600; and an album collection of 45 early circa 1900 photos, taken by Edward H. Boos from Missoula, Mont., realized $3,450.
A pair of baskets hammered for identical prices of $3,162. One was a museum-quality, hard-sided oval-shaped Klickitat basket with imbricated exterior showing am intricate geometric diamond pattern on the sides and floral devices on the ends. The other was a classically-shaped, sturdy weave Apache basket (olla) with rows of zigzag bands, made sometime around the 1930s.
Five other lots also went for $3,162. The first was a large (42 inch by 54 inch) Navajo Red Mesa rug (or weaving), dazzling to the eye and with outlined elements, made in the 1930s. It had some minor bleed but was overall in good condition. The second was a huge flared basketry bowl with rattlesnake and stacked arrow design, made in the early 1900s, in near mint condition.
The third was a rare woven and beaded Yakima dentallium wedding veil, the headpiece adorned with foreign coins, abalone discs and shell beads, in very good condition, made in the early 1900s. The fourth was a scarce and old-style Blackfeet feather war bonnet with canvas cap and sinew sewn and lazy stitched beaded brow band, circa late 1880s, in very good condition.
The fifth was a Zuni Concho belt with incredible stone-to-stone overlay kachinas on a jet background done in different styles, circa 1980s, 42 inches long, with great patina, in very good condition. Also, a signed mid-20th century cased-in painting by Harrison Begay (1914-2012), depicting Yei Bei Chai dancers below the invoked Yei deities, 31 inches by 42 inches framed.
A huge Papago basket (storage olla), covered with many geometric forms and other interesting symbols, figures and letters, 19 inches by 20 inches made in the mid-1900s, rose to $1,955; and a gorgeous vintage Hopi low-profile polychrome pottery jar with nice patina, signed on the bottom “Nampeyo, Fannie” (possibly by the owner), made circa 1940s, garnered $1,610.
Prehistoric Mimbres pottery bowls featured a classic thin-walled black-on-white deep bowl with rare cat (or cat-like) figure, partially restored, in very good condition ($1.955); a small boldface black-on-white pottery “Herd Bowl” filled with figures, also partly restored ($1,610); and a Mogollon Mimbres red-on-white bowl with rare bird designs, also partly restored ($1,610).
Allard Auctions, Inc.’s next big sale will be the “Big Fall Phoenix Auction” slated for Nov. 9-10 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa, Ariz., just outside Phoenix. The auction will feature American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles, to include several pieces of old Sioux and Plains beadwork from a