American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction at Skinner in Boston on November 7th

Yankton/Hunkpapa Beaded Buffalo Hide Double Saddlebags, c. 1870 (Lot 143, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Yankton/Hunkpapa Beaded Buffalo Hide Double Saddlebags, c. 1870 (Lot 143, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 3, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art on November 7th, featuring a wide range of art from Africa and Oceana, the American Plains, pieces from the Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest, as well as textiles and pottery.

“I pride myself in finding exciting and unusual art objects from the around the world for every auction,” said Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Skinner. “The November 7th auction is no exception offering affordable items in all categories as well as museum-quality masterpieces. Some of the many highlights are listed below.”

African and Oceanic Art

A small but nice collection of African and Oceanic material highlights include a fine Solomon Islands feather currency (Lot 32, Estimate $5,000-$7,000), a Phillipine carved wood spoon (Lot 36, $600- $800), a Maori hand club (Lot 54, Estimate $4,000-$6,000), an exceptional Austral Islands Ladle (Lot 58, Estimate $15,000- $20,000), and two rare Tongan Island clubs, a paddle-style (Lot 59, Estimate $8,000-$12,000), and a rare and exceptional spear-club collected in the 1790’s by Captain William Trotter(1762-1822), (Lot 60, Estimate $15,000- $20,000)

Navajo Third Phase Chief's Blanket, c. 1870s (Lot 289, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

Navajo Third Phase Chief’s Blanket, c. 1870s (Lot 289, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

Plains Indian Art

Once again, Skinner has a large and diverse group of Plains and related items including moccasins, pipe bags, clothing, and weapons, a few of the many highlights include a rare Cheyenne belt pouch (Lot 121, Estimate $15,000-$20,000), and early crow parfleche (Lot 126, Estimate $12,000-$16,000)Two early pipebags (Lot 137 and 138), a fine double saddle bag(Lot 143, Estimate $8,000-$12,000), a Kiowa hide shirt (Lot 166, Estimate $20,000- $30,000) and a rare Apache painted hide by Naiche, depicting one of the last Apache encounters with the United States (Lot 207, Estimate $25,000- $35,000)


Weapons include a rare tomahawk (Lot 188, Estimate $4,000-$6,000), a fine Quirt (Lot 196, Estimate $18,000-$20,000) and a rifle scabbard attributed to Cheyenne Chief Roman Nose (Lot 200, Estimate $15,000-$20,000).

Large Nayarit Seated Male and Female Pair, Ixtlan del Rio Style, c. 100 BC-AD 250 (Lot 65, Estimate $3,000-$4,000)

Large Nayarit Seated Male and Female Pair, Ixtlan del Rio Style, c. 100 BC-AD 250 (Lot 65, Estimate $3,000-$4,000)

American Northwest Art

From the Northwest Coast comes a rare Aleutian Island basketry wallet collected by Captain William Trotter (Lot 229, Estimate $6,000-$8,000), a fine Kerf Bent Box (Lot 245, Estimate $5,000-$7,000), an important amulet (Lot 246, Estimate $10,000-$15,000 and a fine Shaman’s pectoral (Lot 247, Estimate $5,000- $7,000).

Also included in this sale are a nice collection of 19th century colored lithographs and two fine curtis orotones (Lots 271 and 272, Estimate both at $8,000- $12,000), a small but nice collection of weavings, the highlight of which is a Navajo Third Phase Chief’s Blanket (Lot 289, Estimate $20,000-$30,000). The auction ends with a small but high quality collection of pottery and basketry.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held at Skinner’s Boston gallery on Thursday, November 5th, from noon to 5 PM, Friday, November 6th, from noon to 7 PM, and Saturday, November 7th, from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. The illustrated Catalog for sale #2862B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare.

About Skinner

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Douglas Deihl
Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art

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