Navajo child’s blanket top seller at Native American sale
Bonhams’ auction of Native American Art on December 3 achieved $1.28 million, led by a rare Navajo child’s blanket.
The tightly woven blanket was made up of bands of alternating chevrons and strips, with a diamond band centre, in indigo, re-carded pink, ravelled cochineal-dyed and homespun yarns. It sold for $60,000, over an estimate of $20,000-$40,000.
Navajo rugs and textiles are unique items of Native American weaving, vastly popular amongst collectors. The record for a Navajo textile is $1.8 million, for a Chief’s wearing blanket, sold in June 2012.
A Navajo late classic Chief’s blanket in a nine spot pattern of diamond-form lozenges also sold well, for $17,500.
The second highest spot was held by two items: a Paiute/Miwok polychrome lidded basket by Lucy Telles, and a Yokut polychrome ‘gambling’ tray, made during the golden age of California basketry, sold for $22,500 each.
Strong sales were seen for Eskimo, Northwest and California items. A Haida, or Tlingit bentwood box, designed with totemic animal faces and raven and clan symbol sold for $21,250. A Haida argillite figure, a woman in Anglo-European costume with a child sold for $16,250. A Haida or Tlingit mask sold for $15,000.
Two Charles Loloma Hopi bracelets sold for $16,250 and $15,000, and a Navajo or Pueblo cross necklace sold for $11,250.
An Apache bow case and quiver fetched $8,750. A large selection of Hopi kachina dolls was offered, most fetching between $1,000 and $5,600.
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