Arts of the American West Kicks off Summer  

Arts of the American West Kicks off Summer

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ summer Arts of the American West auction, June 4 and 5, will include over 500 lots of Navajo textiles, pueblo pottery, Western paintings and decorative arts and Southwestern jewelry. The property being offered will represent private collectors and estates from across the country, including collections from the now defunct Two Rivers Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The sale will include a live and online only sessions.


Among the highlights is a Western Apache figural basket ($1,500/2,500) and a collection of five McKenney & Hall portraits from History of the Indian Tribes of North America, 1836-38, hand colored lithographs ($1,500/2,500).


Fine art is well represented in the summer auction and is led by Allan Capron Houser’s (American, 1914-1994) Dance of the Mountain Spirits, bronze, which is estimated to sell for $10,000/15,000 and Charles Partridge Adam’s (American 1858-1942) Lizard Head Peak, watercolor and gouache, which carries a presale estimate of $3,000/5,000.  Other highlights include Gustav Baumann’s (American 1881-1971) Apple Blossoms, woodblock ($3,000/5,000); William Sanderson’s (American, 1905-1990) Clouds, oil on canvas board ($4,000/6,000) and Dan Namingha’s (American, b. 1950) Hopi Symbolism #1, 1996, acrylic on canvas ($5,000/7,000).


Additional artists represented include Peter Hurd, Gerald McCann, James Kivetoruk Moses, Jose D. Royal, Birger Sandzen, Harry J. Schaare, Fritz Scholder, Jose D. Roybal, Olaf Wieghorst, Robert Wood and others.


The Southwestern jewelry session offers several pieces by Edison Begay including silver and turquoise decorative boxes and jewelry. Of note: a Hopi 14K gold, silver and lander or red mountain turquoise pendant depicting a Kachina figure by Watson Honanie ($800/1,200); a silver and turquoise concha belt by Frank Patania Jr. ($1,500/2,500) and a Preston Monongye tufa cast belt buckle ($4,000/6,000) depicting a Kokopelli on a highly textured tufa-cast ground with turquoise cabochon. The jewelry session also has works by Frank Dishta, Harvey Begay, Rick Morrow, Effie Calavaza and others.


Two Rivers Gallery was owned and operated by Douglas Kenyon from 1992- 2006 in Steamboat Springs. Featured in the auction is a selection of after L.A. Huffman handcolored reproduction photomurals. Laton A. Huffman was a post photographer at Fort Keogn in the Montana Territory in 1879.  For the next 35 years, with a crude homemade camera, he became a frontier photographer capturing everyday life in the West.  His iconic images depict cowboys and Plains Indians living and working, documenting the untamed Western landscape.  These images will be of interest to private collectors and Western  designers looking for quintessential cowboy imagery. In a similar vein, also available are Audubon prints, McKenney & Hall prints, hand-colored photo reprints of Western scenes, movie posters, folk art and a collection of original black and white contact prints by contemporary Western photographers.



Arts of the American West

Thursday, June 4 | Denver



Friday, May 29-Wednesday, June 3 | Denver

american painting; western art
hopi, western jewelry; southwestern jewelry
apache, western art
american painting, hopi, western art
bronze, sculpture, american art
turquoise jewelry; western art
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