40-piece Navajo silver box collection realizes $9,200 at Allard Auctions' Big Spring Phoenix Auction An outstanding collection of 40 hand-wrought, Navajo-made silver pill, jewelry and trinket boxes, many with turquoise stones sold for $9,200 at Allard Auctionsí Big Spring Phoenix Auction, March 8-9.
A fine black-on-buff egg-shaped Hopi pottery jar with bug and floral motif by the legendary Featherwoman (Silvia Naha), crafted in the late 20th century and in very good condition, breezed to $863, and another Naha creation Ė a fine polychrome-on-buff seed jar with a lizard figure and cornstalk on the shoulder, also in very good condition and made in the late 1900s, made $748.
An exceptional San Ildefonso blackware pottery plate by Maria & Santana (made circa 1960s), with feather designs and in superb condition, 10 inches in diameter, went to a determined bidder for $2,588. Also, a signed original pen and ink on paper work by Charles F. Lovato (1937-1987), depicting pottery and a stylized animal, circa 1972, 17 inches by 22 inches (framed) made $805.
Rounding out just some of the auctionís top lots, a vintage flat beaded ladiesí pictorial belt with sheep, a cow, horses and goat figures, made circa 1920 and measuring 6 inches by 36 inches, in very good condition, achieved $1,840; and a Navajo Two Gray Hills rug (or weaving) by Sadie Begay, done in beautiful earth tones and measuring 31 inches by 54 inches, gaveled for $1,725.
Allard Auctions will host several small sales leading up to its next major event, the annual Best of Santa Fe Auction slated for Aug. 16-17, at the Scottish Rites Hall in Santa Fe, N.M. At the 2013 Best of Santa Fe Auction, a museum-quality, early 20th century Native American Kiowa cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards (est. $20,000-$40,000) brought $103,500.
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