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Auction 2964B

December 1, 2016 10:00AM

12-01-2016 12-01-2016

63 Park Plaza, Boston

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Lots

Two Large Polished Stone Celts

Two Large Polished Stone Celts

Lot:
1
Sold for:
$431$350

Two Large Polished Stone Celts, possibly from New Guinea, lg. to 9 3/4 in. Provenance: A small New England museum. More ...

New Guinea Hafted Adze

New Guinea Hafted Adze

Lot:
2
Sold for:
$185$150

New Guinea Hafted Adze, with rattan-wrapped green stone blade, (chipped), patina of use, lg. 23 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Vanuatu Carved Pig Killing Club

Vanuatu Carved Pig Killing Club

Lot:
3
Sold for:
$400$325

Vanuatu Carved Pig Killing Club, c. first half 20th century, lg. 23 1/2 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

New Guinea Carved Wood Spatula

New Guinea Carved Wood Spatula

Lot:
4
Unsold
 

New Guinea Carved Wood Spatula, Korwar, Geelvinck Bay, lg. 18 1/4 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection; Christie's, June 25, 1985, Lot 474. More ...

New Guinea Carved Wood Architectural Fragment

New Guinea Carved Wood Architectural Fragment

Lot:
5
Unsold
 

New Guinea Carved Wood Architectural Fragment, c. mid-20th century, with abstracted heads, includes a metal base, lg. 25 1/2 in. More ...

New Guinea Carved Wood Canoe Prow

New Guinea Carved Wood Canoe Prow

Lot:
6
Sold for:
$677$550

New Guinea Carved Wood Canoe Prow, c. mid-20th century, carved in the form of a crocodile head, weathered patina, includes a metal base, lg. 41 in. More ...

Trobriand Islands Carved Wood Canoe Prow Ornament

Trobriand Islands Carved Wood Canoe Prow Ornament

Lot:
7
Sold for:
$246$200

Trobriand Islands Carved Wood Canoe Prow Ornament, "Tabuya," New Guinea, very stylized decoration, with frigate bird prow, lg. 19 1/2 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

New Guinea Wood and Coconut Ladle

New Guinea Wood and Coconut Ladle

Lot:
8
Unsold
 

New Guinea Wood and Coconut Ladle, Manam Island, with five relief-carved masks on the handle, and crocodile head finial, lg. 24 in. Literature: Art Papou, by B. Degrunne, p. 90. More ...

Micronesian Triton Shell Trumpet

Micronesian Triton Shell Trumpet

Lot:
9
Sold for:
$123$100

Micronesian Triton Shell Trumpet, the sound hole on the side, lg. 12 1/4 in. More ...

Admiralty Islands Carved Shell Kap Kap

Admiralty Islands Carved Shell Kap Kap

Lot:
10
Unsold
 

Admiralty Islands Carved Shell Kap Kap, dia. 4 1/4 in. Provenance: Christie's, April 26, 1984; The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

New Ireland Carved Shell Kap Kap

New Ireland Carved Shell Kap Kap

Lot:
11
Unsold
 

New Ireland Carved Shell Kap Kap, dia. 3 1/4 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Two Melanesian Shell and Fiber Neck Ornaments

Two Melanesian Shell and Fiber Neck Ornaments

Lot:
12
Sold for:
$1,968$1,600

Two Melanesian Shell and Fiber Neck Ornaments, both with a variety of worked shells strung on fiber, one with a cluster of glass trade bead fringe, lg. to 21 1/2 in. Provenance: A New England More ...

Samoan Squid Lure

Samoan Squid Lure

Lot:
13
Sold for:
$523$425

Samoan Squid Lure, with plaques of tiger cowrie shells on stone sinker, with strips of rubber and fiber cord, with additional stalagmite sinker, lg. 7 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian More ...

Seven Polynesian and Melanesian Fish Hooks

Seven Polynesian and Melanesian Fish Hooks

Lot:
14
Sold for:
$2,337$1,900

Seven Polynesian and Melanesian Fish Hooks, made from a variety of materials including wood, shell, bone, and fiber, two with glass trade beads, one of them marked "Marshal Islands," lg. to 6 More ...

Fiji Islands Carved Wood Headrest

Fiji Islands Carved Wood Headrest

Lot:
15
Sold for:
$492$400

Fiji Islands Carved Wood Headrest, c. 19th century, (binding for one of the feet missing), lg. 15 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Fiji Warrior Fan

Fiji Warrior Fan

Lot:
16
Sold for:
$615$500

Fiji Warrior Fan, c. 19th century, the plaited fan with sennit-wrapped handle, 19 x 21 in. Provenance: Collected in the 1880s by John A. Rabe; The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Marquesas Islands Large Carved Coconut

Marquesas Islands Large Carved Coconut

Lot:
17
Sold for:
$1,968$1,600

Marquesas Islands Large Carved Coconut, c. second half 19th century, with stylized carving overall, the remnant suspension cord with carved bone tiki and kukui nut beads, (the coconut bottom was More ...

Lot of Seven Melanesian Coconut Items

Lot of Seven Melanesian Coconut Items

Lot:
18
Sold for:
$185$150

Lot of Seven Melanesian Coconut Items, includes three drinking cups, two with decoration, one from the Australian Board of Missions, a whistle, a rattle, a penis sheath, and a lime container from More ...

Five Hawaiian Kukui Nut Leis

Five Hawaiian Kukui Nut Leis

Lot:
19
Sold for:
$154$125

Five Hawaiian Kukui Nut Leis, c. first half 20th century, lg. approx. 17 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Hawaiian Carved Wood Bowl, 'Umeke La'au Puahala

Hawaiian Carved Wood Bowl, 'Umeke La'au Puahala

Lot:
20
Sold for:
$2,460$2,000

Hawaiian Carved Wood Bowl, 'Umeke La'au Puahala, c. 19th century, carved from K'ou wood, with native repairs, dark glossy patina, ht. 6, dia. 10 3/4 in. More ...

Polynesian Fish-shaped Wood Bowl

Polynesian Fish-shaped Wood Bowl

Lot:
21
Sold for:
$1,476$1,200

Polynesian Fish-shaped Wood Bowl, c. last quarter 19th century, with geometric chip-carving on the tail and rim, (old repaired crack), lg. 18 1/4, ht. 1 1/2 in. More ...

Hawaiian Carved Wood Bowl

Hawaiian Carved Wood Bowl

Lot:
22
Sold for:
$615$500

Hawaiian Carved Wood Bowl, Umeke, c. 19th century, with flat bottom, carved from K'ou wood, ht. 4 1/4, dia. 8 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Melanesian Knob-headed Club

Melanesian Knob-headed Club

Lot:
23
Sold for:
$615$500

Melanesian Knob-headed Club, c. 19th century, with an unusual stylized head, dark patina, lg. 41 1/2 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection; Ex John Friede collection. More ...

Samoan Carved Wood War Club

Samoan Carved Wood War Club

Lot:
24
Sold for:
$461$375

Samoan Carved Wood War Club, c. 19th century, the faceted form with bands of chip-carved decoration, lg. 33 1/4 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection; Ex Hartford Science More ...

Vanuatu Carved Wood War Club

Vanuatu Carved Wood War Club

Lot:
25
Sold for:
$584$475

Vanuatu Carved Wood War Club, c. 19th century, with incised decoration on the flared end, dark patina, (minor wood loss), lg. 36 in. Provenance: Krantzler Antiques, New Bedford, Massachusetts; More ...

Melanesian Carved Wood Club

Melanesian Carved Wood Club

Lot:
26
Sold for:
$185$150

Melanesian Carved Wood Club, with an unusually elaborate carved head, lg. 38 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

New Caledonia Carved Wood Phallic Club

New Caledonia Carved Wood Phallic Club

Lot:
27
Sold for:
$1,353$1,100

New Caledonia Carved Wood Phallic Club, c. 19th century, dark patina, lg. 25 1/2 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection; The Oldman collection, Christie's London, April 26, 1977, More ...

Fiji Islands Root Stock Club

Fiji Islands Root Stock Club

Lot:
28
Sold for:
$984$800

Fiji Islands Root Stock Club, c. 19th century, with carved grip and dark brown patina, lg. 45 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Tonga Carved Wood Paddle Club

Tonga Carved Wood Paddle Club

Lot:
29
Sold for:
$1,107$900

Tonga Carved Wood Paddle Club, c. 19th century, with elaborate geometric decoration overall, dark brown patina, lg. 37 1/4 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...

Fiji Carved Wood Gunstock Club

Fiji Carved Wood Gunstock Club

Lot:
30
Unsold
 

Fiji Carved Wood Gunstock Club, c. 19th century, with checked carving on the blade, (some wood loss), lg. 42 in. Provenance: The Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. More ...