Mr. And Mrs. James Grievo Collection Of Native American Art To Be Sold

Skinner’s To Hold Sale In Boston On May 18

May 10, 2019

Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce the auction of the Grievo collection of Native American Art to be held in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, May 18. The sale is the culmination of passion and dedication for the culture and objects of indigenous Americans of collectors of Native American art for over 20 years. A selection of over 550 lots includes paintings, photographs, Plains Indian material, Northwest Coast artifacts, a significant collection of Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry, Southwest weavings and pottery, and an important collection of California and Western baskets.
An expected highlight is an early Nootka mask (est. $30,000-$40,000). Probably produced for a dance or ceremony, its power comes from a combination of naturalistic and finely rendered facial characteristics, including the use of shell for the teeth and the carefully painted abstract clan designs that cover the face. The quality of carving, the paintwork, and its early date all contribute to its rarity.
A rare bead decorated Kiowa model cradle (est. $8,000-$12,000) possesses a complex beaded pattern and attractive coloring, and a large Haida figurative argillite panel pipe (est. $8,000-$12,000) represents western themes and imagery that began appearing in the 1830s, as the Haida’s receptivity to European culture began to take hold. A Plains Indian pewter head pipe tomahawk will be estimated at $5,000-$7,000, and a 19th-century silver Haida bracelet well rendered in silver with abstract details of a frog is estimated $5,000-$7,000.
A selection of Yokuts pictorial baskets with finely woven abstract designs alongside simple representations of the human figure have a modern and contemporary feel, and a 19th-century pictorial Germantown Navajo weaving with strong colors and motifs will be estimated at $800-$1,200.
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