Santa Fe, NM
Hilton Santa Fe, August 15-17
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On Saturday, August 15, the Hilton Santa Fe opens the Mesa Ballroom for the public’s first peek at the 10th an nual Auction in Santa Fe. With over 600 lots of Indian artifacts and fine-art works, this year’s event showcases everything from Mexican saddles to Navajo weavings to Charles Loloma jewelry to paintings by the Taos founders. Previews are offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; the auction kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday and again at 1 p.m. on Monday.
“We have a record number of consigners for this sale,” says Charla Nelson, who with her husband, Bob, owns Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe and Cheyenne, WY, which presents the auction. “More and more material is coming onto the market—quality works that people have been collecting for 30, 40, or 50 years,” Bob notes. This year’s sale came from smaller collections of 10 to 40 pieces, whereas in past years, a single collection of up to 200 items served as the starting point around which the rest of the auction was built.
This year, collectors will find the largest selection of Indian beadwork items ever offered at the auction. “We probably have a couple of hundred pieces of it,” Bob says. There are several war shirts, dresses, bandolier bags, and children’s items, including ceremonial moccasins. Other artifacts include a broad selection of weaponry, such as bows, quivers, pipe tomahawks, and frontier guns; pottery; pictorial baskets; and close to 80 weavings.
The fine-art portion of the sale includes a long list of heavy hitters. “We have a fresh Gerard Curtis Delano [painting] that has never been on the market,” Bob notes, “two nice Oscar Berninghaus paintings, a landscape and a nocturne; a 30-by-40-inch Henry Raschen depicting an Indian on horseback,” as well as works by William Ahrendt, Conrad Schwiering, Frederic Remington, Edward Borein, Joseph Sharp, Thomas Moran, Maynard Dixon, R.C. Gorman, and Henry Balink.
The auction offers absentee, telephone, and internet bidding, and online buyers may view the auction, register, and bid through www.icollector.com. —Laura Rintala
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