Sharp's Crow Encampment makes $309,000



2015-06-26 13:26:21

Sharp's Crow Encampment makes $309,000

Sharp's Crow Encampment starred at Cowan's Western and Native American art auction

Joseph Henry Sharp's Crow Encampment led an auction of Western and Native American art at Cowan'son September 20 in Cincinnati. It sold for $309,000 - an increase of 209% on its $100,000 high estimate.

The painting dates from 1902 and shows an encampment of Plains Indians. Sharp was a well-known chronicler of Native American customs and cultural life. Anotherpiece by Sharp, Pueblo Drummer, realised an impressive $99,000.

Sharp Crow Encampment Sharp rarely painted plains encampment scenes

Sharp'spaintingsoften sell in the six-figure range. Squaw Winter remains his highest selling work - it achieved $1.1m in 2004.

The auctionalso featured a selection of pieces from the Marvin L Lince collection - including a Great Lakes tomahawk with a brass and silver inlay that sold for $93,000 against an estimate of $50,000-70,000.

Great Lakes tomahawk The tomahawk dates to the 19th century

A dag knife and sheath, made by Blackfeet Indians and once the property of Chief Crow Foot, also sold for an impressive $78,000.

Crow Foot was a renowned warrior who took part in a number of tribal battles. In 1870, when he became chief, he made peace with his Cree neighbours and welcomed the Northwest Mounted Police to Blackfoot territory.

A Red River Metis quilted hide knife sheath and dag knife brought $54,000 - towards the upper end of its $45,000-55,000 valuation. The knife was likely a presentation gift from a Native American chief to a British official.

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