Buffaloe Hunting, an 1844-45 hand-colored lithograph by George Catlin (1796-1872), cost $12,000 at Arader Galleries, San Francisco.
A very large zebra mask from the Sukuma people of Tanzania was priced at $7200 at Kip McKesson African Art, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
by Alice Kaufman
The first weekend of the Santa Fe Show: Objects of Art was a smash hit. Attendance, the number of exhibitors, and sales were all up from the two previous years. In fact, attendance at the show's first weekend was higher than both weekend presentations in 2011. This year the show was open August 11-13 and August 17-19. The gala preview was held Friday evening, August 10.
More money was raised for the preview party's beneficiary, Delancey Street Foundation, than in the previous 15 years of benefit openings, according to John Morris, who with Kim Martindale produces and promotes the show.
One of Morris and Martindale's major goals, however, was to attract some of the 100,000 collectors of contemporary Native American art who attend the Santa Fe Indian Market and to convince them to attend the Santa Fe show's second weekend. "And that is still an experiment," said Morris. "The results were not as spectacular as we would have liked, but the experiment is worthwhile. We still have to see if it is possible to crosshatch our market and the Indian Market."
One change they may try next year would be to adjust the hours of the show, opening later in the day and staying open into the evening. This would give Indian Market attendees a place to go once the late afternoon activities are over. Food could even play a part. "It's a matter of regulations," Morris said.
For more information, call (505) 660-4701 or check the Web site (www.thesantafeshow.com).
At RainforestBaskets.com, Albuquerque, New Mexico, this basket, called Nota Musica, was made by Canasta Chulena, one of the indigenous Panama weavers whose baskets are being sold by the dealers. The price was $850. By the end of the second full day of the show, six smaller baskets were sold ("enough to keep the lights on").
At Caliente Cowgirl, Montgomery, Texas, the pins on this child's jean jacket ranged in price from $100 to $400. Marilyn Steenwyk said she had been "busy, busy. Sales are real good."
The price for this circa 1913 Panama hat basket ("Papago?") was $650 at Territorial Treasures, Columbus, North Carolina. "There's been a wonderful turnout; every day a different group of people. This is all very interesting," said Bruce Weekley.
This "possibly Native American" 1870-89 wall hanging cost $650 at Faircloth/Adams, owned by Rose Adams Holbrook of Santa Fe. "We had lots of sales at setup, and the opening was fantastic. Lots of sales," said Skip Holbrook, who said he overheard an attendee saying, "What a joyful show."
Casey Waller of Caravanserai Ltd., Dallas, Texas, was asking $2700 for this circa 1880 Central Asian reversible pomegranate design ikat chopan (woman's robe) made with natural dyes and with its original lining. Waller reported inquiries and interest in "virtually everything."
This set of 19th-century gambling dice from southern China cost $850 at Joe Loux Asian and Tribal Art, San Francisco. Loux liked the show's "wider range; the show is eclectic."
A selection of handsewn and decoratively stitched bags by Thai artists ranged in price from $85 to $425 at Chinalai Modern, Shoreham, New York. The bags are made from handspun cotton and are dyed with natural dyes. Lee Chinalai said she was "very busy, very satisfied. Sales are good."
This handcrafted toy lamb, made from chenille and embroidery thread in the late 1800's or early 1900's and "probably from New England," was part of the Art for Children display at J Compton Gallery, Wimberley, Texas, and cost $795. Jean Compton said she was having "a really good show." She also reported that she'd taken out a full-page ad in Maine Antique Digest for a collection of folk art and "sold it all to one person" at the show. She said she'd also sold what she planned to use in her next M.A.D. ad. "John and Kim are priceless," she added about promoters Kim Martindale and John Morris. "They do what promoters are supposed to domarketing."