750 lots of Native American and Western artifacts, art, more at Big Spring Phoenix, March 12th-13th An historic, fully-beaded Cree-made Native American Hopi vest with traditional floral motif and a fine weave Navajo woman’s “Manta” robe made from Germantown wool in the 1890s will be sold March 12-13
News-Antique.com - Mar 02,2016 - MESA, Ariz. – An historic, fully-beaded Cree-made Native American Hopi vest with traditional floral motif, and a rare and fine weave Navajo woman’s “Manta” robe made from Germantown wool in the 1890s, are expected headliners at this year’s Big Spring Phoenix auction, planned for March 12-13 by Allard Auctions, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa, outside of Phoenix.
This year’s auction will feature 750 lots of Native American and Western artifacts, artworks and related collectibles. Lots 1-450 will come up for bid on Saturday, March 12th (starting 12 noon, Mountain time); lots 501-800 on Sunday, March 13th, starting at 10 a.m. Previews both days will start at 8 a.m. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com.
“Big Spring Phoenix will be packed this year with a famous collection out of Santa Fe, a great collection of Anasazi pottery, a private collection of Zuni bolo ties and concho belts, a private Katsina doll collection, and fine California, Southwest and Northwest Coast baskets,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions, Inc., based on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Mont.
Featured will be Native American baskets, pottery, jewelry, Navajo rugs, beadwork, Northwest Coast and Eskimo items, original artwork, prehistoric collectibles, bronzes, Katsina dolls, antiques and more. “There really will be something for everyone in this sale, at price points that will appeal to the novice collector to the serious and seasoned veteran,” Mr. Allard observed.
The circa-1900 Cree-made vest comes with an extensive provenance. It was given to, and worn by, the famous Hopi, “Judge Hooker” Hongeva, who was Chief and Mayor of Sichimovi in 1902. The vest could even pre-date that. All three items in the lot (the vest, quirt and sword) are in very good condition. The group has been assigned a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$20,000.
The fine weave woman’s Navajo “Manta” robe of piled Germantown wool on aniline dyed wefts is a unique example, done in a classic pattern. It’s in very good condition with a nice tight weave and still-excellent, vibrant colors. It was last purchased in 1989 for $9,500 and was appraised in the 1990s for $12,500. Measuring 58 inches by 45 inches, the robe should hit $10,000-$20,000.
A circa 1980s White Buffalo lidded sterling jar with fine etched designs, 8 ½ inches in height and boasting a solid 18kt gold bear on the lid, is expected to hammer for $5,000-$10,000. The museum-quality and highly collectible jar, handcrafted by Mike Perez, is in very good condition. Its etched designs include a turquoise and coral raised inlay Avanyu serpent and lid decorations.
Two huge Anasazi pottery jars are expected to attract bidder interest. One is a globular small-necked black-on-white Tularosa water jar with detailed fineline and lightning bolt designs, 16 inches tall (est. $5,500-$11,000). The other is a classic thin-walled globular Tularosa water jar with fineline, diamond and bold, hooked element designs, 12 inches tall (est. $4,000-$8,000).
A third Anasazi item worth noting is an 1100-1200 AD traditional Wingate area thin-walled deep Puerco