Here are a few notable prices of antiques sold recently at auction, as provided by press releases. All prices include the buyer’s premium when charged. We’re always looking for news of prices realized at auctions, particularly unusual or top lots. Send pictures, complete descriptions, and information to A.P.R., Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572 or e-mail them to <[email protected]>.
Martin Grelle (b. 1954), A Warrior’s Pride, 2001, oil on canvas, signed “Martin Grelle” (lower right) and signed, titled, and dated on reverse, 30" x 24", sold to benefit the acquisitions fund of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, $52,500 (est. $20,000/40,000). It has sold at auction twice before. On October 27, 2001, it brought $11,000 at Morris & Whiteside Auctions, and on March 31, 2007, it brought $67,200 at Scottsdale Art Auction. Hindman, Denver, Colorado, June 4 and 5.
Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994), Abstract Crown Dancer I, edition 1/12, 1991, bronze, signed “Allan Houser,” dated and numbered (right foot), 46½" x 16" x 12", $25,000 (est. $15,000/25,000). Hindman, Denver, Colorado, June 4 and 5.
Ed Mell (b. 1942), Canyon Cottonwoods, oil on canvas, 36" x 36", ex-Dewar family collection, Overland Park, Kansas, $22,500 (est. $15,000/25,000). Hindman, Denver, Colorado, June 4 and 5.
Henry Shrady (1871-1922), Buffalo, bronze, signed “H Shrady” on base, with Gorham Co. Founders stamp below signature, 22½" x 32" x 11", ex-Thomas Nygard Gallery, Bozeman, Montana, sold for $68,750 (est. $18,000/24,000). Shrady’s animal bronzes are coveted by collectors, but he is best known for creating the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hindman, Denver, Colorado, June 4 and 5.
Bill Anton (b. 1957), Montana Monarchs, oil on canvas, 40" x 60", sold to benefit the acquisitions fund of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, $47,500 (est. $10,000/15,000). Hindman, Denver, Colorado, June 4 and 5.
Brooch, 18k black gold, sapphires, and diamonds, tested and stamped “750,” floral design with double pin stem on back, 2¼" diameter, 27.1 grams, 17.4 troy ounces, flower petals set with 554 round brilliant-cut, very light to dark blue natural sapphires, total weight 14.45 carats, center section set with 20 round brilliant-cut diamonds, 0.42 carat total weight, G-H color, I1 clarity, $2600 (est. $800/1000). Winter Associates, Plainville, Connecticut, June 8.
Platinum, emerald, and diamond ring, mounting tested and stamped “IRID PLAT,” half-round shank with four-prong center crown, center set with one emerald-cut medium green natural emerald, approximately 7.70 mm x 6.50 mm x 3.34 mm, approximately 1.17 carats, shoulders set with two shield-cut diamonds, approximately 0.65 carat total weight, color I-J, clarity VS2, $3250 (est. $1100/1400). Winter Associates, Plainville, Connecticut, June 8.
Oil on canvas painting by Robert Daughters (1929-2013), Ranchos Chapel, Taos, 20" x 24", $15,990 (est. $10,000/15,000). Neue Auctions, Beachwood, Ohio, February 22.
Oil on canvas landscape by New Mexico artist Robert Daughters (1929-2013), Taos Homestead, 20" x 24", from the estate of a Tennessee physician, signed, sold for $19,680 (est. $8000/12,000). Neue Auctions, Beachwood, Ohio, February 22.
Tom Wesselman (1931-2004), Monica in Robe with Motherwell, 1994, screenprint in colors on Coventry rag paper, signed and numbered 70/80 in pencil lower right, 37" x 54", matted and framed (not shown), not laid down, $9225 (est. $8000/12,000). Neue Auctions, Beachwood, Ohio, February 22.
Sioux quilled hide jacket belonging to Chief Rain-In-The-Face, circa 1885, 41" long, with natural and dyed porcupine quills and red wool trade cloth, sold for $27,500. It was collected by the consignor’s great-great-grandfather Parker Barrows Wickham, who oversaw the dismantling of Sitting Bull’s cabin in North Dakota for transport to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. There it was reassembled with the help of Sioux Indians. According to family lore, the Indians gifted several artifacts from Sitting Bull’s cabin to Wickham in return for his generosity toward them. Chief Rain-In-The-Face was one of those Sioux Indians. Heritage Auctions, May 29, Dallas, Texas.
Southern Cheyenne ledger drawing by Howling Wolf (1849-1927), circa 1875, watercolor and ink on paper, 14" x 23¼", drawing of a Warrior Society meeting, with the society leaders presented on horseback, one being identified as Roman Nose, a famous Cheyenne warrior. The feathered lances with their distinctive bend are representative of those carried by members of the Bowstring Society. “Howling Wolf, a Southern Cheyenne warrior, is the only Plains artist known to have created ledger drawings in all three phases of that art form: before the reservation era, during his prison exile at Fort Marion, and after his return to the reservation,” said Delia Sullivan, Heritage Auctions’ senior ethnographic art specialist. The drawing sold for $106,250, establishing a world record for a single ledger drawing. Heritage Auctions, May 29, Dallas, Texas.
Circa 1850 Nez Perce or Blackfeet Bear Warrior Society shirt of hide, pigment, fur, glass seed beads, glass pony beads, and porcupine quills, accompanied by a painted cloth cylindrical bonnet case in which the shirt was presented when it was gifted from the Crow to artist Bernard Preston Thomas (1918-1992) of Sheridan, Wyoming, in the 1940s. Thomas was an accomplished Western artist who painted accurate depictions of Crow life in earlier times. The shirt brought $30,000. Heritage Auctions, May 29, Dallas, Texas.
Cheyenne ledger drawing, circa 1887, colored pencil and ink on ledger paper, depicting a dance of the Cheyenne Warrior Society. Each participant is decorated with striped face paint and is wearing a choker and trade shirt. Each holds a small drum in his left hand and a drumstick in the right hand. Behind the leader, at left, a scalp lock is suspended from a ceremonial pole. It was drawn and painted by Old White Woman (T. B. Robe), whose work has appeared at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and was published in Visions of the People: A Pictorial History of Plains Indian Life (1992).Measuring 7¼" x 11¾", the drawing sold for $22,500. Heritage Auctions, May 29, Dallas, Texas.
Plains pipe tomahawk, circa 1860, wood, metal, and brass tacks, 23¾" long, haft with one small crack to mouthpiece, all brass tacks extant, some with wear to edges after years of abrasion with adjacent tacks, metal blade with usual wear, $16,250. Heritage Auctions, May 29, Dallas, Texas.
Early 20th-century eagle plaque, 34" tall x 70" wide x 8" deep, formerly in the personal collection of Mr. and Mrs. King of Parkville, Missouri, longtime antiques dealers who have retired to Texas. The back shows that it had hangers at one time, and the wings were drilled for mounting. There are some minor paint chips in the flag’s surface. It brought $2990 (est. $3000/3500). Jasper52 Internet auction, June 4.
Antique Native Alaskan Inuit snow goggles, tusk, late 19th century, 5" long, sold with stand, $1955 (est. $1000/1200). Jasper52 Internet auction, June 4.
Lined crazy quilt with political ribbons and whimsical embroidery, early 19th century, 61½" x 63", includes ribbons from the Douglas and Johnson Democratic campaign and a reunion of the 3rd Regiment N.H. Volunteer’s Association in 1883 and imagery of dogs, horses, flowers, and more, $1150 (est. $400/600). Jasper52 Internet auction, June 4.
Mantel in patriotic old paint, decorated with shields, stars, arrows, and reeds, found in southern Maryland, circa 1840, 30½" tall, 54" long shelf, 48" wide, 39" wide opening, not repaired or touched up, $1380 (est. $1500/2000). Jasper52 Internet auction, June 4.
Originally published in the August 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2020 Maine Antique Digest