A prom­i­nent bas­ket col­lec­tion leads Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eer’s Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale in Den­ver.

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A prom­i­nent bas­ket col­lec­tion leads Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eer’s Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale in Den­ver.


One of the lots in Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eers’ next

Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale is com­ing from a col­lec­tor in Europe. Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters fur­ther is it’s an Al­lan Houser stone work, which cre­ated its own ship­ping chal­lenges. “They were very com­mit­ted,” says Maron Hind­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of South­west ma­te­ri­als for the auc­tion house. “Any work com­ing that far can be dif­fi­cult, but one made of Ten­nessee mar­ble…that’s a whole other chal­lenge.”

Hind­man says this par­tic­u­lar lot, as well as past suc­cess­ful sales, re­flects a re-in­vig­o­ra­tion of the mar­ket, one in which sell­ers are more will­ing to part with ma­jor pieces, and bid­ders are ready to bid, and bid, and bid. “We had a big Novem­ber sale so we’re ex­cited to ride this mo­men­tum into April as we pre­pare this auc­tion,” she says. “The mar­ket seems very en­thu­si­as­tic about sell­ing, and that’s what our clients are telling us. No one is com­plain­ing about the mar­ket or the economy, which is al­ways good.”

Arts of the Amer­i­can West will fea­ture as many as 400 works when it takes place April 21 at the auc­tion house’s Den­ver lo­ca­tion. Some of the top lots will likely be Western paint­ings, in­clud­ing a work by Charles M. Rus­sell that is es­ti­mated at $100,000 to $200,000, but a hefty por­tion of the sale, more than two-thirds of it, will be de­voted to Na­tive Amer­i­can art­work and jewelry.

Top Na­tive works in­clude Kevin Red Star’s

In­ter­tribal Dancers, a col­or­ful group­ing of dancers in full re­galia, which is es­ti­mated at $4,000 to $6,000. The Crow pain­ter was re­cently hon­ored at the Mas­ters of the Amer­i­can West ex­hi­bi­tion at the Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West in Los An­ge­les, where he was given the mu­seum pur­chase award for a sim­i­lar work that will not re­main in the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. The Houser work, a 20-inch-tall Ten­nessee mar­ble work ti­tled Mescalero Mother is es­ti­mated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Other pieces in the sale in­clude a Haida poly­chrome totem pole, es­ti­mated at $6,000 to $8,000, and a Tlin­git cer­e­mo­nial bowl and carved spoon es­ti­mated at $1,500 to $2,500 and $1,000 to $2,000, rex­pec­tively. Other high­lights in­clude Navajo blan­kets, pue­blo pot­tery, and more than 100 works of Na­tive jewelry, in­clud­ing top pieces by Charles Loloma, Den­nis and Nancy Edaakie, Lee Yazzie, Ju­lian Lo­vato and many oth­ers.

Arts of the Amer­i­can West will also sell bas­kets from the es­tate of Roger Pendle­ton Wood of Boul­der, Colorado.

April 21, 2018, 10 a.m. Arts of the Amer­i­can West

Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eers, 1024 Cherokee Street, Suite 200, Den­ver, CO 80204

(303) 825-1855, www.lesliehind­

1. Haida totem pole Es­ti­mate: $6/8,000

2. Al­lan Houser (Chir­ic­ahua

Apache, 1914-1994), Mescalero Mother, carved Ten­nessee mar­ble Es­ti­mate: $10/15,000

3. Na­tive Amer­i­can bas­kets from the Col­lec­tion of Roger Pendle­ton Wood. 4. Kevin Red Star (Crow), In­ter­tribal Dancers, oil on can­vas Es­ti­mate: $4/6,000

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