MESA, Arizona – A large, beautiful and prehistoric Anasazi pottery jar and a Sioux dentalium from around 1900 and a commercial cloth dress are expected among the top lots at this year’s Big Spring Phoenix auction, an annual event held by Allard Auctions at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa (just outside of Phoenix). The auction will take place on March 7 (at noon mountain time) and on March 8 (at 10 a.m.).
This year’s Big Spring Phoenix will feature over 900 bundles of Native American and Western artifacts, art, and collectibles. “This sale will have everything imaginable, from beads to pottery, works of art to jewelry, very beautiful baskets and much more,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions, Inc, based on the Flathead Indian Reservation at St. Ignatius, Mont.
A fantastic collection of Anasazi pottery, a private collection of bolo ties and Zuni concho belts, a private collection of Katsina dolls and beautiful baskets from California, the southwest and the northwest coast will be on offer. In addition to baskets, pottery, beads and jewelry, the lots will include Navajo rugs, original artwork, bronzes, many prehistoric artifacts, antiques, and other items.
In addition to live on-site auctions, Internet auctions will be provided by LiveAucrioneers.com and iCollector.com. Bidders can access both platforms now and view a full catalog online, on the Allard Auctions website, www.allardauctions.com). Calls for tenders by telephone and by correspondence will also be taken into account. The previews will take place on auction days, March 7 (8 a.m. to noon) and March 8 (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
The Anasazi pottery jar, with a pre-sale estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000, is a black-on-white (or olla) water jar, offered in rare condition, as found (in Tularosa, a village of Otero Cty., NM). The pot, 11 ¾ inches high, has a few stress cracks, but is intact and sturdy, in very good condition.
The Anasazi people were an ancient Native American culture dating back to the 12th century BC. These were ancestral Pueblo peoples who lived in the so-called four corners of the United States (southern Utah, northeastern Arizona, northern New Mexico, southwestern Colorado). Anasazi pottery is highly collectable and the pot on sale is considered a superb example.
The Dentalium Sioux (dental shell) and the commercial cloth dress and yoke are in very good condition. Like the Anasazi jar, it carries a pre-sale estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000. This is a rare antique 12 row fully upholstered and removable, lace shell yoke with canvas and the original dress in selvage trade fabric with ribbon and metallic sequin accents. Some seashells are missing from the extra large outfit.
A Santa Clara pottery jar made in the mid-1900s by Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001), who was active in Mexico and New Mexico, is expected to change hands for $ 6,000 to $ 12,000. The beautiful and extra large (13 inch by 14 inch) deep sculpted blackware storage jar with an Avanyu style band is in great condition. A single small area of abrasion on one side is its only flaw.
A Navajo necklace, made circa 1974 by Ben Nighthorse Campbell, is one of the earliest rare works made in sterling, with turquoise seafoam nuggets and bench-crafted pearls. This was done in the Navajo style, despite the fact that Campbell was in fact a Cheyenne from the North. It is also the first piece he signed “Nighthorse”. The necklace, which is 44 inches in length, is expected to cost between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000.
A Navajo pottery jar, made in the late 1900s by award-winning high-end potter Lucy Leuppe McKelvey, is valued at between $ 2,500 and $ 5,000. The original design pot, titled Whirling Rainbow Goddess of the Windway Chant, shows amazing polychrome designs painted on marble clay. It is 10 ¾ inches high and 16 ½ inches wide and is in great condition.
A pair of Navajo rugs (or weavings), made in the 1940s, are expected to sell for between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000 each. One is a large vintage Ganado rug with an elongated central rhombus and precise details. It is in great condition and measures 48 inches by 88 inches. The other is a Crystal rug, almost the size of a room at 75 inches by 128 inches. It features a striking geometric design in consistently vibrant colors.
A magnificent oil on canvas by Fred Fellows (born 1934) titled A Working Mother, 12 inches by 18 inches (23 inches by 29 inches framed) has a pre-sale estimate of $ 2,500 to $ 5,000. The signed artwork was returned circa the 1980s. Fellows was born in Ponca City, Okla., And now lives and works in Sonoita, Arizona. He is a painter and sculptor who works in the realistic style.
Rounding out a handful of the auction’s best expected lots, a collection of original, matted and framed historical artwork relating to the battles of Asa (born 1923), including a rare copy of the first edition of the Fodor’s 1975 book, Indian America, as well as over 40 pens. ink illustrations (est. $ 2,500 to $ 5,000); and a Shoshone woman’s outfit made circa 1960’s, white buckskin outfit with flat stitched bead and lazy in great condition, size small / medium (est. $ 3,000 to $ 6,000).
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is located at 1600 South Country Club Drive in Mesa, Arizona. A 15% buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases (20% for bidders by phone). Lots 1-440 will be sold on Saturday March 7; lots 501-850 will be sold on Sunday March 9. To order a color catalog, call 888-314-0343; or view the online catalog at allardauctions.com.
Allard Auctions, Inc. has exclusively auctioned Native American artifacts and artwork since 1968. The company continues to accept quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single coin, an estate, or an entire collection, you can call them at (406) 745-0500 or toll free (888) 314-0343; or, you can email them at [email protected]
To learn more about Allard Auctions, Inc. and the upcoming Big Spring Phoenix auction scheduled for March 7-8, please visit www.allardauctions.com. Updates are posted often.