Important American Indian artefacts lead Heritage Ethnographic Art



2015-10-12 12:25:22

A private collection of rare and historic American Indian clothing will star in a Heritage Auctions sale in Dallas next month.

The selection of intricately beaded clothing, decorative items and ritual objects will be amongst the highlights of the company's Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Tribal Art sale. 

“The private collection was amassed over decades by a collector with a keen eye for American Indian artistry,” said Delia Sullivan, Director of American Indian Art at Heritage.

“This is one of the most well-appointed collections I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. It is unusual in both the scope and focus with condition being the chief qualifying factor in many of the pieces. These pieces make for exquisite display works.”

The most valuable pieces from the collection include a rare Plateau Pony beaded hide dress, dated circa 1880, estimated at $20,000+, and a Plateau beaded hide and cloth shirt circa 1885, made from navy blue and red wool trade cloth, glass seed beads and an ermine skin fringe, estimated at $12,000+

In addition to American Indian artefacts, the sale will offer a wealth of pre-Columbian objects, most notably a ritual incense burner known as a 'Teotihuacan Incensario' estimated at $20,000; a gold shark brooch, circa 600-1100 AD, estimated at $10,000; and a Maya painted cylinder vase valued at $8,000+. 

In addition, the auction includes items from the renowned folk art collection of Howard and Catherine Feldman - more than 350 tribal masks from the Himalayas, Mexico and Guatemala, along with numerous African maskettes and shields.

The Heritage Auctions’ Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Tribal Art sale takes place on Friday November 6.

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