Over 800 lots of American Indian artifacts, art, related collectibles at Best of Santa Fe Aug. 12-14 Over 800 lots of American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles, to include historic war shirts, cradleboards, Germantown weavings and more will come up for bid Aug. 12-14 at Best of Santa Fe
News-Antique.com - Jul 29,2016 - SANTA FE, N.M. – More than 800 lots of American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles, to include historic war shirts, cradleboards, Germantown weavings, beadwork from two major private collections, California and Southwestern baskets, Northwest Coast and Eskimo items and Native American paintings will all come up for bid Aug. 12-14 at the 2016 Best of Santa Fe sale.
Best of Santa Fe is an annual auction event hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Montana. It will be held at the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple, located at 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be provided by the platforms iCollector.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
In the past, Best of Santa Fe has traditionally been a two-day event. But this year, something new has been added: a Friday evening session, Aug. 12, beginning at 6 pm Mountain time, featuring quality Indian jewelry, outstanding concho belts, amazing bolo ties, special squash blossom necklaces, bracelets, bolo and buckle sets, signed originals, one-of-a-kinds and many other items.
“Friday's session will feature several pieces we believe may be the world's largest,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions. “These include a Navajo canteen, a Navajo concho belt and a Zuni bolo tie. The other two days will feature a great assortment of beadwork, baskets from many areas, and Northwest Coast and Eskimo masks, ivory, carvings, feast dishes, jewelry and more.”
Several lots are expected to soar as high as $50,000 or more. A strong candidate for top lot of the sale will be an historic, all-buckskin Northern Plains quilled war shirt, made in the late 1880s and boasting a beautiful wide quilled sleeve and body strips, and with traditional geometrics done in (now faded) purples, pinks, yellow and red. The war shirt is expected to bring $30,000-$60,000.
Two other war shirts carry estimates of $25,000-$50,000. One is a late 1800s Sioux sinew sewn hide war shirt with lazy stitch beaded geometrics, arm and shoulder strips and several American flags. The other is a circa-1900 traditional buckskin Teton Sioux warrior's shirt with sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded geometric panels and collar tabs. It sold at Christie's in 1994 for $13,800.
A Navajo rug/weaving Germantown blanket, made around 1890, and in excellent condition after some professional restoration, 56 inches by 91 inches and showing a rare hybrid pattern of both the Ganado and Crystal J.B. Moore designs, should realize $15,000-$30,000; while a late 1800s fine weave Navajo Germantown blanket, 45 inches by 66 inches, with ivory and red serrated diamonds, thin spider woman crosses and rare arrow figures should command $10,000-$20,000.
Question: What's worth more, a full-size cradleboard or a toy cradleboard? Answer: both. From the former category, an exquisite all-wood back Iroquois cradleboard with protruding footrest and horseshoe-shaped “roll bar” (sun shade), very rare and fully intact, should sell for $15,000-$30,000. The 26-inch tall piece features a painted flower pot with vines, leaves, and two birds.