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April 4, 2016 American Indian and Western Art Auction

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As a leader in the field of American Indian Art, Cowan's has sold over $21 million of Native objects. Auctions are held twice a year focusing on North American cultural and ethnographic material. Photography of the American Indian and works of art portraying a romantic West by artists such as Henry Farny, Charles Russell, and Joseph Sharp, create a well-rounded auction that attracts aggressive bidding by American Indian and Western art collectors.

Department Director

Danica M. Farnand
Specialist

Contact Information
Contact Danica at 513.871.1670 (ext. 215) or email indianart@cowans.com

Danica graduated from John Carroll University with a BA in Art History and continued on to earn her MA in Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. After 12 years at Cowan's, she has developed the American Indian Art division, with two major auctions a year and sales totaling over $20 million since the department's inception.

Susan Labry Meyn
Susan is Cowan's consulting ethnologist. Author of Farny Paints the Far West and co-author of Rookwood and the American Indian, she holds a PhD in American Indian History and Anthropology.

***Press Release***

Major Collections Drive Interest and Strong Bidding in Cowan's September 25th American Indian and Western Art Auction

 CINCINNATI, Ohio – High interest from bidders demonstrated that exceptional collections were brought to market in Cowan's September 25th American Indian and Western Art Auction. The day was a success with sales totals reaching $911,000, an 87[%] sell-through rate and a lot average of $2,300.

 Pre-auction estimates were trounced all day at the auction. A large crowd on the floor coupled with active phone bidding throughout the entirety of the sale made for a veritable feeding frenzy for many of the lots. The highest selling lot in the auction was anExtraordinary Cheyenne Beaded Hide Tobacco Bag from the Glen-Isle Resort in Bailey, Colorado. After nearly five minutes of back and forth bidding between the floor and the phones, the bag eventually sold to a phone bidder for $72,000 over its $8,000/10,000 estimate.

 "The selection of items in this sale, as deep in quality as in variety, demonstrated that the market for American Indian art remains highly competitive at the upper levels," notes Danica Farnand, Director, American Indian Art. "The collections from Minnesota, the Hopewell Museum and then Glen Isle Resort lead the way throughout the auction, with over 30[%] of items selling for above the high estimate. I was thrilled with the results of the sale, and look forward to the next one!"

 The selection of items also included fresh-to-the-market Sioux, Northern Plains and Kiowa material. A Sioux Beaded Unborn Fawn Bag sold for $30,000 – thirty times its pre-auction estimate. A Northern Plains Beaded and Quilled Buffalo Hide Bowcase and Quiver with Bow and Arrows brought $27,600, and a Kiowa Beaded Hide Strike-a-Light Bag realized $12,000.

 Textiles played a noteworthy role in the auction. One of the highlights was a Sandpainting weaving by Manuelito (Navajo, 1893-1987). The weaving dates to about 1935 to 1940 and depicts, among others, Talking God and Black Calling God. Manuelito was the niece of Hosteen Klah, a Navajo medicine man and weaver, who encouraged her to weave sandpaintings and taught her the correct imagery. This example was de-accessioned from the Hopewell Museum in Hopewell, N.J., having previously been donated to that institution by Dr. David Blackwell Hill (1887-1979), who collected American Indian art long before it became fashionable. The weaving sold for $27,060. Additional highlights in the textiles portion of the auction included a Navajo Two Grey Hills Weaving that sold for $16,800 and a Navajo Third Phase Woman's Chief Blanket realized $15,600.

 Important tomahawks also hit the auction block in the September 25th sale. A Plains Pipe Tomahawk estimated to bring between $6,000/8,000 sold for $11,685, a Sioux Pipe Tomahawk realized $11,400, and a Western Plains Pipe Tomahawk from the Glen Isle Resort quadrupled its estimate of $2,000/4,000 and realized $9,600.

 Pottery and basketry exceeded expectations in the auction, generating strong interest from Internet and phone bidders. A frenzy of bidding surrounded a lot of California Mission Baskets depicting Reptiles and Insects. De-accessioned from the Hopewell Museum, the pair of baskets brought $9,000. An Apache Figural Basketry Olla realized $9,225, an Acoma Pottery Olla sold for $8,400, a Nampeyo of Hano Attributed Polychome  Polacca Pottery Bowl realized $5,400, and a Californian Open-weave Basket sold for $4,500.

 Beadwork was among the higher selling lots of the day in the sale. A Sioux Beaded and Quilled Hide Cradle Collected by Medal of Honor Recipient James M. Burns sold for $18,000. James Madison Burns enlisted in the West Virginia infantry in 1861. On May 15, 1864, at the Battle of New Market, Virginia while under heavy fire from the enemy he voluntarily assisted a wounded comrade from the field of battle, earning him the Congressional Medal of Honor. A Cheyenne Beaded Hide Tobacco Bag from the Collection of Monroe Killy of Minnesota sold for $6,000, and a Plains Beaded and Quilled Buffalo Hide Society Bag realized $5,400.

 The diversity of the auction continued with artwork and photography. A painting by John Nieto, titled "War Dance," sold for $9,000, a Karl Bodmer Hand-Colored Aquatint, titled "Bison Dance of the Mandan Indians in front of their medicine lodge in Mih-Tutta-Hankush," realized $6,600, an Oil on Canvas by Lajos Markos sold for $6,000, and a Silver Gelatin Photograph by Roland Reed, titled "Up the Cutback," sold for $2,640.

 The market for American Indian art remains highly competitive at the upper levels. Cowan's is now seeking exceptional consignments for our 2016 American Indian and Western Art Auctions. For more information, phone Cowan's Auctions at (513) 871-1670 or visit Cowans.com.

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Joe Quintana Cochiti Silver Bracelet Collected by Virginia Doneghy (1900-1981)
Lot # 190 - Joe Quintana Cochiti Silver Bracelet Collected by Virginia Doneghy (1900-1981)
signed JHQ on inside; bracelet with simple stamping through center, inside length 5.5 in. x width .6 in.
ca 1970

Joe Quintana is well known for his beautiful jewelry; he died in 1991.
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Northern Plains Beaded Hide Moccasins
Lot # 47 - Northern Plains Beaded Hide Moccasins
sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of pumpkin, white, and dark blue; checkered designs on vamps, length 10.5 in.
late 19th century
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Collection of Pima Baskets Deaccessioned from the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ
Lot # 132 - Collection of Pima Baskets Deaccessioned from the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ
lot of 5, includes a basket with a meandering line motif, height 3.5 in. x diameter 13 in.; PLUS a polychrome basket decorated with multi-colored crosses placed within diamonds, height 3.25 in. x diameter 5.5 in.; PLUS a larger basket with a thick diamond pattern, height 4 in. x diameter 9 in.; PLUS a taller gap-stitch conically shaped basket, height 6 in. x diameter 9.25 in.; AND height 2.25 in. x diameter 6.5 in.
first - second quarter 20th century
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Eskimo Bone and Fossilized Ivory Tools from a Minnesota Collection
Lot # 9 - Eskimo Bone and Fossilized Ivory Tools from a Minnesota Collection
lot of 25, tools include scrapers, net shuttle, weights, harpoon points, labrets, spoon, carved whale, and other assorted tools.

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Plains Child's Beaded Hide Moccasins
Lot # 434 - Plains Child's Beaded Hide Moccasins
lot of 3, includes a pair of central plains child' moccasins, sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of white, cobalt, rose, greasy yellow, and light blue; angled cuffs, length 7 in.: PLUS another pair of central plains moccasins, possibly Southern Cheyenne, sinew-sewn and beaded using an array of colors; split and angled cuffs, length 8 in.; PLUS a pair of Cheyenne infant moccasins; sinew-sewn; with yellow pigment on exterior, length 4.75 in.
late 19th century
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Sioux Beaded Hide Buffalo Hide Moccasins
Lot # 199 - Sioux Beaded Hide Buffalo Hide Moccasins
thread and sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of greasy yellow, translucent green, white, dark blue, red white-heart, and pea green; cuffs edged with patterned cotton, length 11 in.
fourth quarter 19th century
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Thomas A. deDecker (American, b. 1951) Oil on Masonite
Lot # 300 - Thomas A. deDecker (American, b. 1951) Oil on Masonite
Native camp scene by a stream
signed lower left
(sight) 19.25 x 29.25 in.
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Joe Ruiz Grandee (American, 1929-1979), Oil on Canvas
Lot # 321 - Joe Ruiz Grandee (American, 1929-1979), Oil on Canvas
Marfa Stagecoach Holdup
signed and dated lower right
(sight) 31 x 51 in.
1968
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Florentine Panteah Zuni Inlaid Cuff
Lot # 154 - Florentine Panteah Zuni Inlaid Cuff
with image of an Apache Mountain Spirit or Gan Dancer set off by inlaid bands of red shell, turquoise, and mother-of-pearl.  Bracelet signed F. Panteah,  inside length 5.4 in. x width 1.5 in. x gap 1 in.
ca 1970s
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Mary Small (Jemez, b. 1940) Pottery Wedding Vase with Inlaid Turquoise From the Collection of John O. Behnken, Georgia
Lot # 93 - Mary Small (Jemez, b. 1940) Pottery Wedding Vase with Inlaid Turquoise From the Collection of John O. Behnken, Georgia
potted with a globular body and elongated, tubular spouts; fully painted in geometrics and detailed with two turquoise cabochons; signed on base, height 15 in. x diameter 8.75 in.
late 20th century
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Hopi Second and Third Mesa Baskets
Lot # 72 - Hopi Second and Third Mesa Baskets
lot of 3, including two Second Mesa plaques, diameters 15 in. and 16.5 in.; AND a colorful Third Mesa wicker basket, height 5.25 in. x diameter 8.5 in.
20th century
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Plateau Beaded Hide Bag
Lot # 35 - Plateau Beaded Hide Bag
front panel fully beaded with an image of a rose using glass bead colors of light blue, faceted iridescent, faceted rose, faceted amber, and faceted translucent green; lined with patterned cotton and backed with gold felt, overall length 16.5 in. x width 12 in.
second quarter 20th century
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Margot de Taxco Mexican Enameled Bumble Bee Pin
Lot # 221 - Margot de Taxco Mexican Enameled Bumble Bee Pin
Enameled bumble bee pin exhibiting Margot's renown silversmith and enameling skills.  Pin with hallmarks of Margot de Taxco, Hecho en Mexico, and illegible initials, width 1.5 in.
ca 1950s
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[American Indian - Alaska] Books on Eskimo Life, Literature, and Art
Lot # 287 - [American Indian - Alaska] Books on Eskimo Life, Literature, and Art
lot of 12 books including:

Birket-Smith, Kaj. Eskimos. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1971.

Burtland, Cottie. Eskimo Art. London: Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973.

Coles, Robert. The Last and First Eskimos. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1978. De Poncins, Gontran. Kabloona. New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, Inc., 1941.

Glubok, Shirley. The Art of the Eskimo. New York: Harper and Row, 1964.

Haeberlin, Herman and Erna Gunther. The Indians of Puget Sound. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.

Jones, Dorothy M. Aleuts in Transition: A Comparison of Two Villages. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1976.

Lamb, Mary Wynne. Life in Alaska: The Reminiscences of a Kansas Woman, 1916-1919. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

Ruesch, Hans. Top of the World. New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1950.

Senungetuk, Joseph E. Give or Take a Century: An Eskimo Chronicle. San Francisco: The Indian Historian Press, 1971.

Spencer, Robert F. The North Alaskan Eskimo: A Study in Ecology and Society. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1976.

The Village People. Anchorage Daily News, 1966.

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Patrick Swazo Hinds (Tesuque, 1929-1974) Oil on Canvas
Lot # 307 - Patrick Swazo Hinds (Tesuque, 1929-1974) Oil on Canvas
Reflections
signed lower right; signed and titled on reverse
sight 40 x 17.75 in.; framed 41.25 x 19.25 in.
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Agnes Pelton (American, 1881-1961) Pastel
Lot # 80 - Agnes Pelton (American, 1881-1961) Pastel
Candido, Taos
pastel on grey stock paper
signed lower left and titled lower right
9.25 x 7 in.
1919
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Huron Quilled Hide Moccasins from a Minnesota Collection
Lot # 354 - Huron Quilled Hide Moccasins from a Minnesota Collection
black-dyed hide with puckered vamp; decorated with floral quillwork on angled cuff and vamp; heel embellished with small tin cones filled with red-dyed horsehair; ribbon ties; European-style soles, length 9 in.
mid-19th century 
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Apache Beaded Hide Tobacco Pouch
Lot # 337 - Apache Beaded Hide Tobacco Pouch
thread-sewn and beaded on thick hide using large beads in colors of greasy yellow, red white-heart, translucent green, and dark blue; bag finished with beaded fringe and tin cones; reverse has hint of yellow pigment, length 8.5 in. x width 5.5 in.
ca 1870
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Steven Mopope (Kiowa, 1898–1974) Pochoir
Lot # 357 - Steven Mopope (Kiowa, 1898–1974) Pochoir
from Oscar Jacobson's 1929 Kiowa Indian Art, pg. 50. framed 21 x 25.5 in.

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Sioux Child's Beaded Hide Vest
Lot # 264 - Sioux Child's Beaded Hide Vest
Sinew-sewn using bead colors of red white-heart, dark blue, pea green, and marcasite; hide closing thongs wrapped with red and white quills, length 10.5 in. x chest 27 in.
late 19th century
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