Seahawk Auctions

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Seahawk Auctions is a Canadian auction house situated in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

History

The company specialises in the buying and selling of native Canadian art and artefacts. Seahawk Auctions is a sister company of West Coast Estates, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has focused on the early indigenous art of the peoples from the Northwest Coast for over twenty years.

Services and Expertise

Since its inauguration in 1979, Seahawk Auctions has become the largest specialist auctioneers for Canadian native arts and artefacts in the Northeast Coast and consistently offers high quality items to client across North American states and in Canada. The company initially started as the brainchild of Greek auctioneer, Theodore Pappas I, who in the 1940s founded West Coast Estates.

Despite embracing new auction technology, West Coast Estates and Seahawk Auctions remains family owned and its auction house continues to takes precedent in lieu of online auctions. The company currently produces monthly newsletters and reviews for its ever-growing followers, whilst maintaining monthly antique and estate auctions, fine art shows and native art and artefacts auctions.

Northwest Coast art is the term used to classify a style of art primarily created by artists of native Canadian and American tribes of the Northwest Coast of North America. This includes art from Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit tribes and can encompass artwork that was created from pre-European contact times up to the present.

Seahawk Auctions is noted for regularly selling paintings and artwork by the aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007). Often cited as the “Picasso of the North”, Morrisseau enjoyed substantial popularity in the 1970s and is characterised by the use of thick black outlines and bright colours. His work often portrayed the legends of native Canadians and his work has become highly collectable since his death in 1997.

Departments

Although Seahawk Auctions has no designated departments, its team of experts have a comprehensive knowledge of native Canadian arts and artefacts. Its auctions, however, can be distinguished by the following categories.

  • Argillite
  • Artefacts
  • Baskets
  • Beadwork
  • Carvings
  • Inuit
  • Jewellery
  • Paintings & Prints
  • Tools

Notable Sales

A large number of Norval Morrisseau paintings have appeared on the open market in the last decade and many have been sold at Seahawks Auctions. “Painting of a Beaver” was sold in June 2010 for $2,500. Several years earlier, another original untitled Morrisseau painting (1964), was sold at Seahawks for $800.

In 2011, an Inuit wall hanging with Applique work was sold through Seahawk Auctions for a realised price of $300. The painting, created in oil paint, was made by Sarah Alikatah who is just one of many aboriginal Canadian artists that come from Gjoa Haven.

In 2007, a Haida argillite shark and hawk pendant, signed by Ron Russ, November 1984, was sold through Seahawk Auctions for a realised price of $120.

Two miniature baskets and a basketry purse in good condition that were made by the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth tribe realised a price of $270 when they were sold through Seahawk Auctions in 2010.

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