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Niho Palaoa and Pre-Contact Hawai’ian Arts
David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861-1943), Big Island of Hawaii.Sold for $30,750

Whaling was extremely important to the development of many countries in the early nineteenth century because of the fat that lit lamps and greased machines, leading to the Industrial Revolution. Prior to the arrival of whaling crews in 1820, Hawai’i had a much different relationship with the whale. When overfishing became an issue in the Atlantic, many whalers turned to the Pacific and started docking in Hawai’i.… Read More

Walker Evans: Insights into Photojournalism
Author’s Note: The term “Negro” was used historically to describe people of Black (sub-Saharan) African heritage, but it’s offensive use is unacceptable in contemporary practice. The term is repeated here in the context of historical exhibition and publication titles that are under discussion.

Walker Evans (1903-1975), an American photographer and photojournalist, arguably had the greatest influence on the evolution of photography in the 20th century.… Read More

A Very Singular People, The Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman Islanders, c. 1900

I have always had a fascination with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, ever since I was young and read Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four, partially set in the Andamans. These days in my dealings with tribal art, I seldom come across objects from these far-flung isles, but when I do, they always hold a particular intrigue for me, no doubt due in part to Sherlock Holmes.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, between India to the west, and Myanmar, to the north and east.… Read More

On View: Tribal Gallery Walk

ONLINE EVENT | THURSDAY, MAY 6 AT 5PM

Join American Indian & Tribal Art department director Michael Evans for an informal virtual tour of the May 12 auction. Michael will highlight items from the current auction, including Northwest Coast, South Pacific, Plains Indian, and Najavo textiles. In the tour, Michael will provide information on the objects and their collectors and answer participant questions.

Please register at the button below.… Read More

The Claflin Serape

The classic serape was the culmination of a century and a half of progress and growth in Navajo textile tradition. The Navajo learned to weave during the latter part of the 17th century from the Pueblos, who had been weaving cotton and other fabrics for hundreds of years. When the Spanish settled in the Southwest (from 1598) they introduced European treadle looms, Churro sheep to supply wool, and blue indigo dye. Churro wool and indigo blue soon became a part of the Pueblo weaving tradition.… Read More

The Lankton Collection of African Art online
The Lankton Collection of African Art online

BID ONLINE MARCH 24–31, 2020

The Lankton Collection, an auction comprising approximately 575 pieces of African Art includes a wide range of tribal groups and object types, from masks, small figures, fiber, utilitarian objects, and large sculpture. A particular emphasis is on works from the Baule and Senufo peoples of the Ivory Coast; the Dogon from Mali; masks and sculptures from the diverse cultures of the Congo.Read More

Auction of Artifacts from Tribal Cultures Now Open for Bidding 

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 5, 2018 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce a Tribal Art online auction, with bidding open through July 11, 2018. With a breadth of material spanning the globe; tribal cultures from American Indian, pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, South-East Asian, and more are available for bidding in an online auction format. 

The Tribal Art online auction includes significant artifacts from  including Inuit and Northwest Coast tribal groups; from the Amazon; a large number from Africa ranging from ceremonial face masks, figures, weapons and jewelry; a large Oceanic contingent of material from New Guinea jewelry to Polynesian pre-contact stone tools and weapons; and a group of Pre-Columbian ceramic figures and vessels.… Read More

Skinner appoints Michael R. Evans as Director of Tribal Arts – Brings global experience to Boston auction house

BOSTON, MA (November 20, 2017) – Michael Evans joins Skinner as the new Director of Tribal Arts. He brings global experience of many kinds to one of the most international of Skinner’s specialty departments, which offers a rich variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.

Evans was born and raised in New Zealand, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies with a concentration in art history.… Read More

Out of Africa: Skinner Offers The Gordon Lankton Collection of African Art

The African art offered in the online auction which runs from June 15 to June 23 is from the collection of Gordon Lankton of Clinton, Massachusetts. An engineer by profession, long-time CEO of a major plastic injection molding company and founder of the Museum of Russian Icons, Lankton is also a life-long collector.

His extensive holdings of African art are the culmination of a wide-ranging collecting career that has included coins (American pennies with an example for every year back to 1794); World War II posters; cast-iron toy cars; and the largest private collection of Russian icons in the country.… Read More

Rare Kiowa Dress and Paiute Beaded Baskets Lead Skinner’s Auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art, December 1

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at 10AM on December 1 in its Boston gallery, featuring a wide range of weavings, pottery, baskets, pre-Colombian art, and objects from the Northeast woodlands, as well as an impressive collection of American Plains Indian material. The auction includes a standout selection of Paiute beaded baskets from The George and Jackie Bernheimer Collection.… Read More

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