The highest-selling lot of Cowans American Indian and
Western Auction was a circa 1900 Yavapai Apache olla with figural
decorations, which brought $41,125. Estimated at $30,000-$40,000,
the olla was desirable because of its intricate, well-spaced design
and multiple figures. The March 26 auction had total proceeds of
more than $762,000. The cataloged portion of the auction offered
507 lots, and an online-only second session that immediately followed
featured an additional 309 lots.
Cheyenne beaded hide tobacco bag from the fourth quarter of the
19th century sold for $17,919, nearly doubling its $8,000-$10,000
estimate. The bags condition and beautiful color palette contributed
to its high selling price.
than tripling its $2,000-$4,000 estimate was a late-19th-century
Hopi Salako katsina, which brought $14,100. Painted in red, green,
black and white, with hand-spun cotton cord, the katsina stood 9
3/4 inches tall. A rare Eastern Plains (Iowa) double-pipe bowl also
far exceeded its $2,000-$3,000 estimate, realizing $11,750. Secondary
research performed by Danica Farnand, director of American Indian
Art at Cowans, indicates that the Ioway Indians used one bowl
for making peace within the tribe, and the second for making peace
with other tribes. Additionally, the two rows of four divots may
be representative of the Black Bear and Buffalo gentes creating
the Ioway tribe.
was very happy with the outcome of the sale. We had a variety of
items and stars in each collecting area. The bidding was heated
and that always makes for an exciting auction. I was also thrilled
the results of the Iowa double pipe. I have to say, it was probably
my favorite piece of the auction said Farnand.
Western Art portion of the auction featured works by well-known
artists of the genre. Joseph Henry Sharps oil on canvas titled
Smoke Signals was the top-selling work of art in the auction, realizing
$31,725, within its $30,000-$50,000 estimate. The piece was a later
example, typical of his brighter Southwestern subjects.
mountain scene by Edgar Payne, one of the foremost plein air artists
in California in the early 20th century, garnered spirited bidding.
The oil on board sold for $28,200, nearly doubling its $10,000-$15,000
estimate. Although it was a small example of his work, the painting
was completely untouched and was extensively finished for its size.
This auction served as its first appearance in the art market since
it was purchased from the artist by the consignors grandmother.
Hausers oil on canvas Red Cloud, Chief of all Sioux Nation
was another high-seller within the group of Western art, bringing
$12,338, above its $8,000-$10,000 estimate. This work was undoubtedly
executed from a photograph, but is the only known portrait of Red
Cloud by Hauser.
strong paintings sold up to par with our expectations. All in all
we were generally pleased, and our Cincinnati paintings, the Sharp
and Hauser, brought strong prices. The Edgar Payne also performed
very well for its size. I think every California gallery was on
the phone for that picture," said Graydon Sikes, Cowans
director of Paintings and Works on Paper.
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