Museum de-accessioned beadwork heads to Native American art, artifact sale

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This Great Lakes pipe is carved from a single piece of wood, stained and painted, the bowl depicting the head of a Native man, red-rimmed eyes, fitted peg ears securing hide thongs, one wrapped in wire (the other lacking), the lead inlay cap rendered as a distinct coiffure, the bowl confronting a seated naked figure with traditional hairstyle and one similarly adorned ear, raising a liquor keg, the erect phallus providing tertiary support, the pipe butt capped in lead and with inlay design accents. (Height 3-3/8 inches, length 5-1/2 inches, $20,000-$40,000.)

SAN FRANCISCO — Highly regarded art from the Northwest Coast areas of the United States and Canada, a region popular among Native American art and artifact collectors, will be featured at Bonhams and Butterfields Fine Native American Art sale on June 6, 2011.

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Highlights include 50 important works from the Muchnick-Milliren collection. The group includes historic material, as well as contemporary items by top artists that range in value from $3,000 to $80,000.

Pieces of note include a ceremonial, yellow and blue Chilkat dancing blanket (estimate $60,000-$80,000); several 19th-century figural or effigy bowls and bentwood storage boxes; an assortment of rattles; and a painted pattern board, used to guide a Chilkat weaver, from the collection of Andy Warhol ($20,000-$30,000), among others.

Historic pottery, as well as that from the 20th century, also will be prominently featured in the sale. A significant collection of the latter will be offered from the estate of Isadore Samuels of northern California. Featured within the section is a San Ildefonso lidded blackware jar by Tony Da ($30,000-$50,000), along with two other examples of black-on-black pottery by the son of Maria Martinez (estimates range from $5,000-$12,000).

The June sale also features an assortment of fine beadwork de-accessioned by the Oshkosh Public Museum in Wisconsin; a large collection of Native American paintings from a Utah estate and other sources, foremost amongst them a work by famed artist Fred Kabotie, depicting Hopi mythology painted on hide ($20,000-$30,000); an 18th-century Ojibwa wood pipe with lead inlay portraying a human head as the pipe bowl and a small seated figure carrying a keg of liquor ($20,000-$40,000); and a fully-beaded crow cradle ($30,000-$40,000).

In addition, a robust selection of jewelry, including several Hopi rings by Charles Loloma, along with a magnificent offering of turquoise and silver Navajo bracelets from the collection of Everett and Martha Thomas, Southern California, will be offered. Compiled over a 30-year period, the vast collection includes approximately 350 pieces of important pre-1940s jewelry.

Auction previews will take place June 3-6, 2011, in San Francisco. The auction itself will be held June 6. An illustrated auction catalog for the Native American auction will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at .

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A vast selection of turquoise and silver Navajo bracelets from the collection of Everett and Martha Thomas of Southern California will pass through the June 6 Native American event. Estimates range from $400 to $4,000.
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Estimates vary on this selection of exceptional Northwest Coast art and artifacts from the Muchnick Milliren collection that will be up for auction June 6 in San Francisco.
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A San Ildefonso lidded sgraffito blackware jar, Tony Da, the lid undecorated, the body with two opposing ovoid registers depicting distinctive heartline deer, "Maria Po-ve-ka" incised post-firing just above the base. (Height 12 3/4 inches, diameter 9 inches, $30,000-$50,000.)
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Carved in full relief to depict a frog, the creature shown with a sense of movement - swimming or possibly flying in a shamanic transformative state, a scalloped table overhead topped with a brass gunstock butt plate, the pipe bowl cut from the barrel of a 58-60 caliber trade musket. length 4 1/4in

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