First Nations & Inuit Art

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Artwork by Norval Morrisseau, Shaman in Repose, circa 1991-1992
Lot #141
NORVAL MORRISSEAU
Shaman in Repose, circa 1991-1992

acrylic on canvas (diptych)
signed in syllabics lower left; titled and with Kinsman Robinson inventory number on the reverse
47.5 x 47.25 in ( 120.7 x 120 cm ) ( each canvas )

Auction Estimate: $80,000.00$70,000.00 - $80,000.00

Current bid: $16,000.00
Next bid is: $17,000.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Norval Morrisseau, Untitled (Owl)
Lot #142
NORVAL MORRISSEAU
Untitled (Owl)

oil on paper
signed in syllabics lower right
20 x 14.5 in ( 50.8 x 36.8 cm ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $7,000.00$5,000.00 - $7,000.00

Current bid: $4,000.00
Next bid is: $4,200.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Norval Morrisseau, Untitled (Birds)
Lot #143
NORVAL MORRISSEAU
Untitled (Birds)

oil on paper
signed in syllabics lower right
24 x 28 in ( 61 x 71.1 cm ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Next bid is: $5,000.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Allen Sapp, Allen Bringing Water Inside
Lot #144
ALLEN SAPP
Allen Bringing Water Inside

acrylic on canvas
signed lower right; titled to the stretcher; titled to two labels on the reverse
16 x 20 in ( 40.6 x 50.8 cm )

Auction Estimate: $3,000.00$2,000.00 - $3,000.00

Current bid: $3,100.00
Next bid is: $3,300.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Unidentified Haida Artist, Totem
Lot #145
UNIDENTIFIED HAIDA ARTIST
Totem

argillite
incised “905839904” and “657” (struck) on the reverse
12.25 x 3.25 x 3.25 in ( 31.1 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm ) ( overall (including base) )

Auction Estimate: $2,500.00$2,000.00 - $2,500.00

Next bid is: $1,600.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Allen Sapp, Playing Hockey
Lot #146
ALLEN SAPP
Playing Hockey

oil on canvas
signed lower right
24 x 30 in ( 61 x 76.2 cm )

Auction Estimate: $3,000.00$2,000.00 - $3,000.00

Current bid: $2,400.00
Next bid is: $2,600.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Unknown Artist, Haida Walrus Tusk Otter Pipe
Lot #147
UNKNOWN ARTIST
Haida Walrus Tusk Otter Pipe

walrus tusk; abalone
sold together with “The Raven Steals the Light: Native American Tales” by Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst, “Solitary Raven: Selected Writings of Bill Reid” by Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst, “Bill Reid” by Doris Shadbolt and “The Black Canoe: Bill Reid and the Spirit of of Haida Gwaii” by Robert Bringhurst
2.75 x 7.5 x 1.5 in ( 7 x 19.1 x 3.8 cm ) ( overall )

Auction Estimate: $4,000.00$2,000.00 - $4,000.00

Next bid is: $1,600.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Kananginak Pootoogook, A Collection of Etchings: Portfolio IV
Lot #148
KANANGINAK POOTOOGOOK
A Collection of Etchings: Portfolio IV

portfolio of 6 etchings
each inscribed with artist name, title, dated "Dorset 1981" and numbered 24/25 in the lower margin
- “Snowy Owl” (12 x 13.5 ins. [plate size]);
- “Boats I Have Known” (10 x 12 ins. [plate size]);
- “Near My Father’s House” (12 x 13.75 ins. [plate size]);
- “My People’s World” (10 x 11.75 ins. [plate size]);
- “Geese in Spring” (10 x 11.75 ins. [plate size]);
- “Camp from my Past” (11.75 x 13.5 ins. [plate size]);
each unframed and housed in the original portfolio slip case
11.75 x 13.5 in ( 29.8 x 34.3 cm ) ( largest plate size )

Auction Estimate: $1,000.00$800.00 - $1,000.00

Current bid: $900.00
Next bid is: $950.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Jane Ash Poitras, Untitled
Lot #149
JANE ASH POITRAS
Untitled

mixed media on paper
signed lower right
24.25 x 20 in ( 61.6 x 50.8 cm ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $1,500.00$1,000.00 - $1,500.00

Current bid: $950.00
Next bid is: $1,000.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Jane Ash Poitras, Untitled #3: Healing Stones
Lot #150
JANE ASH POITRAS
Untitled #3: Healing Stones

acrylic on panel
signed lower right; titled on a label on the reverse
9.5 x 7.5 in ( 24.1 x 19.1 cm )

Auction Estimate: $900.00$700.00 - $900.00

Current bid: $350.00
Next bid is: $375.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Unknown Artist, Wolf transformation
Lot #151
UNKNOWN ARTIST
Wolf transformation

stone
syllabics incised on the bottom
10 x 9.5 x 4.5 in ( 25.4 x 24.1 x 11.4 cm ) ( overall )

Auction Estimate: $600.00$400.00 - $600.00

Next bid is: $250.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Jamasie Teevee, For Traps and Anxious Hunters; Inuit Umiagik
Lot #152
JAMASIE TEEVEE
For Traps and Anxious Hunters; Inuit Umiagik

two colour lithographs
- "For Traps and Anxious Hunters", inscribed with artist name, titled, dated "Dorset 1976" and numbered "45/50" in the lower margin; 22 x 27.5 ins. (sight);
- "Inuit Umiagik", inscribed with artist name, titled, dated "Dorset 1976" and numbered "43/50" in the lower margin; 21.5 x 30 ins. (sight)
21.5 x 30 in ( 54.6 x 76.2 cm ) ( largest sight )

Auction Estimate: $600.00$400.00 - $600.00

Next bid is: $300.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Blair Debassige, Boy with the Rabbit-Skin Coat
Lot #153
BLAIR DEBASSIGE
Boy with the Rabbit-Skin Coat

acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1985 lower right; signed, titled and dated 1985 on the reverse; unframed
16 x 12 in ( 40.6 x 30.5 cm )

Auction Estimate: $400.00$200.00 - $400.00

Next bid is: $100.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Pudlo Pudlat, Gathering Moss for the Nest; Hunter with Heavy Load
Lot #154
PUDLO PUDLAT
Gathering Moss for the Nest; Hunter with Heavy Load

two colour stonecuts and stencils
- "Gathering Moss for the Nest", inscribed with artist name, titled, dated "Dorset 1984 "and numbered 16/50 in the lower margin, 23 x 24 ins [sight];
- "Hunter with Heavy Load", inscribed with artist name, titled, dated "Dorset 1984" and numbered 11/50 in the lower margin, 21 x 29 ins [sight]
23 x 24 in ( 58.4 x 61 cm ) ( largest sight )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $210.00
Next bid is: $220.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Unknown Artist, Inuit Basket with Soapstone Lid
Lot #155
UNKNOWN ARTIST
Inuit Basket with Soapstone Lid

seal skin; soapstone; lyme grass
7.5 x 10 x 10 in ( 19.1 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm ) ( overall )

Auction Estimate: $1,000.00$800.00 - $1,000.00

Next bid is: $650.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Various Artists, Six Mohawk Baskets
Lot #156
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Six Mohawk Baskets

sweetgrass and ash baskets; albumen prints; daguerreotype
- One large-lidded yarn holder with handles on either side and a handle on the lid. Early 20th Century Mohawk maker;
- One small-lidded trinket basket with decorative painting on the upper shoulder. Early 20th Century Mohawk maker;
- Four small-lidded trinket baskets made by Nancy Snow, St. Regis, Mohawk, ca. 1900-1920;

sold together with two albumen prints of Professor Herbert Strainge Long’s grandparents taken in 1863 and a daguerreotype of his grandfather.
9 x 7 x 6 in ( 22.9 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm ) ( overall (largest) )

Auction Estimate: $800.00$500.00 - $800.00

Current bid: $400.00
Next bid is: $425.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by 20th Century Inuit Artist (Possibly George Arluk), Inuit Soaptone Sculpture
Lot #157
20TH CENTURY INUIT ARTIST (POSSIBLY GEORGE ARLUK)
Inuit Soaptone Sculpture

soapstone
7.75 x 2 x 4.25 in ( 19.7 x 5.1 x 10.8 cm ) ( overall )

Auction Estimate: $600.00$400.00 - $600.00

Next bid is: $300.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Clifford Maracle, Waiting on Waves
Lot #158
CLIFFORD MARACLE
Waiting on Waves

acrylic on canvas
signed lower left; titled on the reverse; unframed
40.25 x 30 in ( 102.2 x 76.2 cm )

Auction Estimate: $350.00$250.00 - $350.00

Current bid: $605.00
Next bid is: $655.00

Closes June 25th at 03:45:00 PM EDT

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