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
a circa-1971 thin-walled, polychrome seed pot with signature “migration” pattern, 5 inches by 9 inches, in very good condition (est. $2,500-$5,000). Also sold will be a Navajo wide pottery jar by Lucy Leuppe McKelvey titled Whirling Rainbow Goddess of Mountain Way Chant (est. $5,000-$10,000).
A large Navajo necklace, created and signed in 1974 by Ben Nighthorse Campbell (who is actually Northern Cheyenne; this piece was done in the Navajo style), sterling with sea form turquoise nuggets and bench-made beads, 44 inches long, should hammer for $5,000-$10,000.
An early 1900s hand-crafted white buckskin man’s Mandan war shirt with matching leggings (both with colorful, finely quilled ornaments, human hair suspensions and painted horseshoes) should realize $4,000-$8,000. Also, a circa 1880 tall lidded soft weave Sally bag, loaded with traditional figures such as condors, deer (or elk) and sturgeon, is expected to hit $4,000-$8,000.
A circa-1970s hand-punched wool tapestry by R. C. Gorman, titled Waiting Desert Women (#1 of 12), 60 inches by 79 inches, should change hands for $5,000-$10,000. Also, an R. C. Gorman portfolio from around 1974 – a rare suite of four hand-signed limited-edition (#65/70) full color lithographs on arches paper – titled Homage to the Spider Woman – should bring $4,000-$8,000.
A late 1800s three-piece Menominee “standing pipe” set, featuring a catlinite T-bowl and two beautiful carved stems (a 16-inch version for holding and a 56-ihc version for passing around) is expected to gavel for $5,000-$10,000. Also, an early 1900s Sioux beaded pipe bag in a classic design made of antelope hide with sinew sewn and lazy stitch beading, should hit $2,500-$5,000.
The auction is open to the public and admission is free. Previews will be held Saturday, Aug.16, from 8 a.m. until the first gavel comes down at 12 noon (Mountain time); and Sunday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. until the 10 a.m. auction start time. A buyer’s premium of 20 percent (for online purchases) and 15 percent (for in-person and absentee bidding) will be applied to all purchases.
Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com. For those able to attend in person, historic Scottish Rites Hall is located at 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, N.M.
Allard Auctions, Inc. has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts and art at auction since 1968. The firm is always on the hunt for quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (406) 745-0500 or toll-free: (888) 314-0343; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Allard Auctions, Inc., and the upcoming Best of Santa Fe 2014 auction scheduled for Aug. 16-17, please visit www.allardauctions.com.