Historic Western American paintings and bronzes  

Historic Western American paintings and bronzes

Historic Western Art and Other Highlights from Museum Collections Round Out Forthcoming Arts of the American West Auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The November 5 and 6 Arts of the American West auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Denver will include property from a Midwestern museum that features a strong showing of historic Western American paintings and bronzes by artists such as Charles M. Russell, Eanger Irving Couse, Frank Tenney Johnson, O.C. Seltzer, William Robinson Leigh, Edgar Samuel Paxson, Herman Wendelborg Hansen, Olaf Wieghorst, Frank McCarthy, Charles Henry Humphriss and Harry Jackson, among others.


Also of note is a collection of Thomas C. Molesworth furniture being sold to benefit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Other offerings from various private collections from across the country include American Indian art and artifacts, a selection of pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, basketry, beadwork and fine Native American jewelry.

frank tenney johnson rocky steeps
William Robinson Leigh
Charles M. Russell

From the Midwestern museum collection of Western American paintings is Eanger Irving Couse’s Sacred Rain Bowl, oil on canvas, estimated at $100,000 – 150,000, William Robinson Leigh’s The Roper, oil on canvas, estimated at $100,000 – 150,000, Charles M. Russell’s watercolor, Pointing Out the Trail, circa 1889, which carries a presale estimate of $100,000 – 150,000 and Frank Tenney Johnson’s Rocky Steeps, oil on canvas, estimated at $40,000 – 60,000.


Among the selection of Thomas C. Molesworth designed and executed furnishings are a wood dining room table with iron horseshoe decoration and four matching leather upholstered benches estimated at $12,000 – 18,000, a leather and Chimayo upholstered loveseat with attached side tables estimated at $6,000 – 8,000 and a pair of side tables with routed thunderbird motif with tacked leather tops estimated at $600 – 800. All will be sold to benefit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.


Among highlights of the American Indian art session are over 100 lots from the private collection of Ruth and Robert Vogele, Burr Ridge, Illinois. This thoughtfully assembled collection includes works by some of the most respected pueblo pottery artisans such as Margaret Tafoya, Lucy Lewis, Maria Martinez, Santana and Adam, Maria and Julian Martinez and Fannie Nampeyo, to name a few. The collection includes a selection of fine Indian jewelry by Hopi artist Charles Loloma and others such as Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson, Victor Beck and Richard Chavez. Highlights from the Vogele collection include a 1986 polished redware olla by Margaret Tafoya, “Corn Blossom,” estimated at $5,000 – 7,000, a Blackfeet beaded youth vest, circa 1900, estimated at $1,500 – 2,500, and a gold, lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise cuff bracelet by Charles Loloma with a presale estimate of $15,000 – 25,000.

Margaret Tafoya
Charles Loloma
Charles Loloma Stained Glass

The sale will include property in all categories from various private collections across the U.S. including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. Among the highlights from various consignors is Fremont Ellis’ Horses in Santa Fe Canyon, 1935, oil on canvas, $25,000 – 35,000, an Allan Houser steatite sculpture, I Will Wait For You, $8,000 – 12,000, Thomas Hill’s Indians in Yosemite, 1899, oil on canvas, $20,000 – 30,000 and other works by Conrad Schwiering, Joe Abbrescia, G. Harvey and William Sanderson. Also of particular note are a Navajo Germantown Eye Dazzler blanket, late 19th Century, estimated at $12,000 – 16,000, a matching pair of Sioux beaded hide possible bags, circa 1900, estimated at $3,000 – 5,000 and a 14 karat yellow gold, turquoise, lapis and coral cuff bracelet by Charles Loloma with a presale estimate of $20,000 – 25,000.


Another highlight worthy of mention is a rare multi-colored stained glass window designed and executed by famed artist Charles Loloma, (Hopi, 1921-1991). Possibly one-of-a-kind, this window was commissioned for the offices of a Phoenix collector in 1980, and each piece of vibrantly colored glass was hand selected by Loloma. The window was uninstalled when the office building was sold in 1987 and has not been publically displayed since.

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