The Puffer collection of Native American art and artifacts will be sold in Santa Fe, Aug. 16th-17th Around 900 lots of Western and Native art, American Indian artifacts and related collectibles will come up for bid at the Best of Santa Fe auction planned for Aug. 16-17 in Santa Fe by Allard Auctions
News-Antique.com - Jul 24,2014 - SANTA FE, N.M. – Around 900 lots of Western and Native art, American Indian artifacts and related collectibles will come up for bid at the Best of Santa Fe auction, an annual event hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Mont. The event will be held at the Scottish Rites Hall in Santa Fe. Start times are 12 noon on Aug. 16 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 (all Mountain time).
Headlining this year’s auction will be the private collection of Herb and Peggy Puffer, who opened the Pacific Western Trader – their shop and mini-museum – on Wool Street in Folsom, Calif., in 1972. There, they conducted live demonstrations of American Indian craftsmanship that provided valuable information to a curious and fascinated public about the various Indian crafts.
The business also provided a venue for Native craftsmen to showcase their talents. It became renowned for its well-researched merchandise and interesting, informative permanent displays. The Puffers’ huge collection includes baskets by the Karuk basket maker Florence Jacobs Harrie (1889-1981), Santa Clara pottery by Teresita Naranjo, beadwork, jewelry and original artwork.
The second day of the auction – Sunday, Aug. 17, beginning with lot #501 – will be dominated by offerings from the Puffers’ collection. Overall, the auction will be packed with desirable baskets (including several historical pieces dating back more than a century), prehistoric pottery pieces (three by Fannie Nampeyo), dazzling hand-crafted jewelry pieces and wonderful artwork.
“This will probably be the best art auction we’ve had in ten years,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions. “Between the original paintings, the bronze statues and the high-end prints, there will be something for just about every level of collector. I’m excited about this auction in general. The interest is there, the lots are great and we expect a lively crowd, both in-person and online.”
Three lots in the sale carry pre-sale estimates of $10,000-$20,000. One is a large museum-quality Navajo rug (or weaving), made around the 1940s and measuring 45 inches by 81 inches. It is an exceptional fine-weave Yei figural rug with additional bows and arrows, each figure with a different pattern kilt. The rug is in remarkably good condition and is a true showpiece example.
Another is a Karuk “catch basket” (or flour tray) made circa 1925 by Florence Jacobs Harrie. The finely woven basket is made from bear grass, maidenhair fern and woodwardia fern and is in excellent condition. Harrie considered this her life’s masterpiece, no small statement considering the many excellent creations she left behind. It is one of the prized items in the Puffer collection.
The third is a circa-1890 Pomo basket, with beautiful and fine geometric designs done with red fern. The huge twined conical-shaped traditional burden basket is in excellent condition. Another noteworthy basket is an early 1900s Yokuts basket by Waysheemlet (est. $7,500-$15,000). It boasts an exceptional deep bowl with beautiful arched black arrow points (or kots) designwork.
This sale boasts three pottery jars by Hopi master Fannie Nampeyo, to include