DENVER — Hindman LLC has announced the Spring Arts of the American West auction that will be conducted on Thursday, May 2 at 10 a.m. MT in the Denver saleroom. The auction will feature more than 350 lots of historic and contemporary western and wildlife paintings and bronzes, Native American arts, Southwestern jewelry, Native American baskets, pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, and Western design furniture.
Among the highlights of the painting session is a work by celebrated Indian portrait artist, Kathryn Woodman Leighton. A frequent visitor to Montana, Leighton was introduced to the Blackfoot Indians by her friend and contemporary Charles Marion Russell.
While painting many of the Blackfoot elders, she was adopted into their tribe and given a Native American name which translates to “beautiful woman in spirit.”
The oil on canvas entitled Portrait of a Boy – Blackfoot (estimated to bring $15,000-$20,000), is an example of how Leighton infused the dignity of her subjects into each portrait.
“As one of the few female Western artists of note, we are excited to see how this inspirational rendering of a proud Blackfoot Indian resonates with our bidders,” says Hindman Western painting specialist Katherine Harrington.
Other notable highlights include Wilhelm Kuhnert’s oil on canvas, Zebra on the Plains, which has a presale estimate of $40,000-$60,000; Young Bill Cody, an oil on canvas by Andy Thomas which is estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000; and Gerald Harvey Jones’ A Time of Peace which is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000.
There is also a strong selection of Western bronzes including Scout by Cyrus Dallin ($5,000-$7,000) as well as works by Allan Houser and Dave McGary.
Also available are a selection of pieces by distinctive Western style furniture designer Thomas Molesworth including a burlwood sofa, spindle club chair and ottoman, each carefully refurbished with red leather and Chimayo upholstery. These pieces were designed for the Rawlins Hotel, Rawlins, Wyoming, circa 1945 and are estimated to bring $20,000-$30,000 for the sofa and $10,000-$15,000 for the club chair and ottoman.
The Native American arts session will feature a variety of Southwest Indian jewelry including a Hopi Silver, Turquoise and Ironwood belt buckle by the Hopi artist Charles Loloma, estimated to bring $4,000-$6,000 and an oversized high-grade Spiderweb turquoise and silver Squash Blossom necklace.
The Native American pottery session will feature a fine blackware olla by Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso) as well as a redware and turquoise vessel created by her grandson, Tony Da (San Ildefonso) estimated at $6,000-$8,000 and $7,000-$9,000, respectively.
The sale will include two polychrome carved wood totems by contemporary artist Don Lelooska (Kwakwaka’wakw or Kwakiutl), each with a presale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
The sale will be conducted live in Hindman’s Denver saleroom at 1024 Cherokee Street, Suite 200. The exhibition will be open to the public April 25-27 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and April 29-May 1 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
To contact the Denver office of Hindman LLC, visit https://www.lesliehindman.com/locations/denver/ or call 303-825-1855.
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