Rare Yavapai Apache figural Olla takes top lot honors in Western art auction


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Coiled with 53 figures including dogs, deer, and people, this rare Apache olla brought $41,125. Photo courtesy Cowan's

CINCINNATI – The highest-selling lot of Cowan’s March 26 American Indian and Western Auction was a circa 1900 Yavapai Apache Olla with figural decorations, which brought $41,125, above its $30,000 to $40,000 estimate. The olla was desirable because of its intricate, well-spaced design and multiple figures.

A Cheyenne Beaded Hide Tobacco Bag from the fourth quarter of the 19th century sold for $17,919, nearly doubling its $8/10,000 estimate. The bag’s condition and beautiful color palette contributed to its high selling price.

More than tripling its $2,000 to $4,000 estimate was a late-19th-century Hopi Salako Katsina, which brought $14,100. Painted in red, green, black, and white; with hand-spun cotton cord, the Katsina stands at 9 3/4 inches tall. An extremely rare Eastern Plains (Iowa) Double-Pipe Bowl also far exceeded its $2,000 to $3,000 estimate, realizing $11,750.

Secondary research performed by Danica Farnand, director of American Indian Art, indicates the Ioway Indians used one bowl for making peace within the tribe, and the second for making peace with other tribes. Additionally, the two rows of four divots may be representative of the Black Bear and Buffalo gentes creating the Ioway tribe.

The Western Art portion of the auction featured works by well-known artists of the genre. Joseph Henry Sharp’s oil on canvas titled Smoke Signals was the top-selling work of art in the auction, realizing $31,725, within its $30,000 to $50,000 estimate. The piece was a later example, typical of his brighter Southwestern subjects.

Graydon Sikes, Director of Paintings and Works on Paper, commented, “The strong paintings sold up to par with our expectations. All in all we were generally pleased, and our Cincinnati paintings, the Sharp and Hauser, brought strong prices. The Edgar Payne also performed very well for its size. I think every California gallery was on the phone for that picture!”

The sale’s total proceeds exceeded $762,000 from 507 total lots. An online-only second session that immediately followed featured an additional 309 lots.

For more information about Cowan’s visit www.cowanauctions.com or call 513-871-1670. ?




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