Around 800 lots of Native American art and artifacts will be sold March 8th-9th by Allard Auctions Outstanding basket and beadwork collections, an exquisite 14kt gold and turquoise necklace and an exceptional fine weave Germantown blanket will be sold March 8-9 by Allard Auctions in Mesa, Arizona.
News-Antique.com - Feb 18,2014 - (MESA, Ariz.) – Outstanding basket and beadwork collections, an exquisite 14kt gold and turquoise necklace, an exceptional fine weave Germantown blanket, a Hubbel-style Navajo chief’s blanket and a Hopi 14kt gold overlay bracelet with figures will all be offered at Allard Auctions’ Big Spring Phoenix Auction slated for March 8-9 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites.
The venue is located at 1600 South Country Club Drive in Mesa, just outside of Phoenix. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com (bidders can access both platforms now and view a full catalog online, at the Allard Auctions website, www.allardauctions.com). Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.
Around 800 lots have been gathered for the sale of Native American art and artifacts, and that number could go higher if quality last-minute consignments pour in. “We’re excited about this auction,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions. “We had 100 bidders sign up even before we sent out our first e-mail blast. The interest is there, the market is strong and the items are great.”
The Germantown blanket, made in the late 1800s and measuring 54 inches by 79 inches, could end up being the top lot of the auction ($12,500-$25,000). It’s in great condition and has remarkable coloring. The Hubbel-style 3rd Phase Navajo chief’s blanket (est. $7,000-$14,000) is from the late 1900s and is made of 100 percent Churro wool. It’s a museum-quality showpiece.
The early 1970s 14kt gold necklace with custom beads and squash blossoms, 26 inches in length, is set with a gorgeous #8 spider web turquoise stone. It is expected to hammer for $7,000-$14,000. The 14kt gold overlay Hopi bracelet, crafted in the late 1900s, shows Kokopelli, Pueblo and katsina figures. Created by Berra Tawahongva, it has a pre-sale estimate of $2,500-$5,000.
All four of the above lots are from the March 9 session. The March 8 session will be highlighted by a fabulous beadwork collection from an attorney in Wolfpoint, Mont., who often took beaded items for payment. He left Wolfpoint in 1935 and took the collection to California, where it has been in storage ever since. Most pieces are Assiniboine, Gros Ventre and Sioux.
Also sold March 8 will be a silver box collection of 40 hand-wrought Navajo-made silver pill, jewelry and trinket boxes, many with turquoise stones, plus two canteens (one with coral), a small dish and five non-Indian pieces (est. $2,500-$5,000); and an early 1900s Plateau beaded pictorial vest (probably Flathead), with rare deer figures, flowers and stars (est. $2,500-$5,000).
Two lots from the first session with identical pre-sale estimates of $1,750-$3,500 are a classic design Sioux antelope beaded pipebag with sinew-sewn and lazy-stitch beading, quilled slats and fringe (circa early 1900s); and a buffalo hide Cheyenne split-horn headdress (bonnet) with sculpted feathers, incised horns, quilled attachments and fine red ochred scalloped edging.
But baskets will dominate the March 8 session. Examples will include a circa-1900 very fine round lidded Klickitat basket with fully imbricated exterior