Rare Tomahawk Pipe Leads Selkirk’s Auction of American Indian and Ethnographic Artifacts Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers to host an auction of American Indian and Ethnographic Artifacts, spanning the pre-historic to modern eras, with Persian and Oriental rugs, at 10 a.m. on March 11.
A rare and stunning sterling and turquoise scorpion squash blossom necklace is a standout among many beautiful and expertly crafted pieces of jewelry featured in the auction. The double stranded 24" necklace displays nine pendants of scorpions gripping turquoise stones with the central pendant being of the largest proportion at 2.75"h. 2.25"w. The estimate is $1,000-2,000.
Of the 100+ lots of Ethnographic materials, a Songye power figure from the Congo dates to the early 20th century. Constructed of wood, stone, cloth, metal, and nails, it depicts a rider with inlaid eyes pierced with dozens of nails atop a small horse. Measuring 28"high, the figure is accompanied by 2015 paperwork from Frances Aronson Fine Art and estimated to sell for $1,500-3,000. A much smaller pair of 4" high Peruvian figures from the Nazca Valley area date to the 15th/16th century. The male and female carved bone figures both have hands to stomach, the female form being pregnant (estimate $750-1,500).
Other cultures are represented in the auction including a Polynesian collection of furniture, hunting instruments and ceremonial garb from a single-owner private collection.
The outstanding assortment of more than 100 rugs Persian and non-tribal rugs includes a variety of styles and sizes, featuring Antique Caucasian, Afshar, Bakhtiari pictorial, Karajeh runner, Turkoman, Mahal, Kazak, Heriz Serapi, Qashkaie, Shiraz, a particularly nice Sarouk palace size carpet and more.
The full March 11 catalog of the American Indian and Ethnographic Artifacts, with Persian and Oriental Rugs auction may be browsed online at selkirkauctions.com. The Gallery is located at 4739 McPherson in the St. Louis Central West End. Preview hours will be held from March 5th through the auction on March 11th. To arrange bids, please call 314.696.9041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selkirk is accepting quality items for its upcoming Gentleman’s Auction, a first-of-its-kind in St. Louis, which will be held along with Fine & Vintage Musical Instruments on April 22. This will be followed by the Spring Gallery Auction on May 20. In June, Selkirk will once again host the Missouri Auction School Student Auction, on June 5, followed by an Eclectic Auction on June 10.
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