Early 20th-century Native American Kiowa cradleboard, $103,500.
Early 1900’s Sioux traditional style saddle drape, sinew-stitched with lazy stitch beading, $4600.
An early 20th-century Native American Kiowa cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards sold for $103,500 (with buyer’s premium) at the “Best of Santa Fe 2013” sale held August 9 and 10 by Allard Auctions, Inc., St. Ignatius, Montana. The auction was held at the Scottish Rites Temple in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The cradleboard, measuring 46" x 12" x 10", was consigned by a man in his late 90’s who still remembered playing with the item as a toy in the 1920’s. It was later given to him by his grandmother. He had displayed the cradleboard in his home for most of the past 70-plus years before deciding to part with it.
Nearly 850 lots came up for bid in the auction, which grossed about $517,000. Items included original Native American and Western art, historic beadwork, vintage Indian jewelry, Pueblo and prehistoric pottery, Native American basketry, kachina carvings, Navajo rugs and weavings, antique trade beads, old photographs, and Northwest Coast and Eskimo items. Of those, 716 sold.
“This was a great beadwork and basket auction, a truly exciting event with eager bidders and wonderful merchandise,” said Steve Allard, owner of Allard Auctions, Inc. “The market is especially strong for the better pieces, which command strong prices. We have no problem at all selling top-of-the-line items, and fortunately for us we attract a good many of those to our sales.”
A hand-carved and painted three-figure totem pole, executed in the mid- to late 1800’s and standing 37", showing a raven, a beaver, and a bear, sold for $10,350. A late 1880’s Navajo Germantown pictorial sampler rug, on the original loom and showing a train, brought $4600, well over the $300/600 estimate.
A Sioux fully beaded cradleboard with traditional Sioux designs, made circa 1900 and measuring 10" x 27", with a picture of it in use from 1968 included, sold for $7475. A Central Plains beaded hide cradleboard with a doll that had one child’s moccasin tied on, 1880-1910, 24" long, garnered $4025.
A late 1800’s original 8" x 10" gold-tone photograph by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), At the Old Well of Tacoma, in the original frame and with the original Curtis Studio label on the back, signed, sold for $4600. An album collection of 45 circa 1900 photos taken by Edward H. Boos of Missoula, Montana, brought $3450.
Two baskets sold for the identical price of $3162. One was a hard-sided oval-shaped Klickitat basket with an imbricated exterior showing an intricate geometric diamond pattern on the sides and floral devices on the ends. The other was a classically shaped sturdy-weave Apache basket olla with rows of zigzag bands, made sometime around the 1930’s.
Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest