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.