Auction Preview | Arts of the American West

Denver, CO
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, November 12

Gerard Curtis Delano, Navajo Sheep 3, 22 x 27. Presale estimate: $20,000 – 40,000.

Gerard Curtis Delano, Navajo Sheep 3, 22 x 27. Presale estimate: $20,000 – 40,000.

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On Thursday, November 12, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers presents the Arts of the American West auction, with items ranging from fine-art paintings and sculpture to Indian pottery, beadwork, and textiles to western folk-art furniture and decorative pieces. “We have a nice grouping of western and southwestern art,” says Maron  Hindman, managing director of the auction house’s West and Southwest regional office in Denver. “Someone new to this category might find works in the affordable range as well as the more significant and well-known artists.” With paintings by Gerard Curtis Delano, William Moyers, Ace Powell, and Olaf Wieghorst as well as pencil drawings by Eanger Irving Couse, the bidding estimates range from a few hundred dollars to $25,000 or more.

At press time the auction included over 400 lots but was still receiving consignments. Fine-art highlights include a 33-by-39-inch Olaf Wieghorst painting entitled WRANGLING THE PONIES, estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $25,000; Gerard Curtis Delano’s NAVAJO SHEEP 3, depicting a native shepherd with her flock in the high desert, expected to bring between $20,000 and $40,000; and a Fritz Scholder acrylic piece entitled BUFFALO IN GRASS, estimated to sell for $2,000-$3,000. “We’re really excited because the Denver Art Museum opens the Fritz Scholder exhibit Super Indian on October 4,” Hindman says, and the auction includes at least two works by the artist.

A significant collection of Pueblo pottery comes from the estate of Phyllis Weisheit Schultz. “Schultz was a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Denver,” Hindman says. “At her retirement, a permanent scholarship was established in her name. Proceeds of her Pueblo pottery sales will go to that scholarship fund.” The collection contains approximately 30 pieces of Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Acoma, Santo Domingo, and Zuni pottery, including works by Margaret Tafoya and Maria Martinez.

Beginning on Friday, November 6, interested parties can preview the lots at the Hindman offices from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Online and phone bidding are available for those who can’t attend the auction, and print and online catalogs are available.

After opening its Denver location three and a half years ago, Hindman says, “We’re grateful for the support of the collecting, institutional, and trade communities, and we look forward to another exciting auction in November.” —Laura Rintala

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