A fine and rare pair of Haida figures
Lot 3165
A fine and rare pair of Haida figures
Sold for US$ 39,000 inc. premium
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A fine and rare pair of Haida figures A fine and rare pair of Haida figures A fine and rare pair of Haida figures
Lot Details
Property from the Phillip Brown Collection of Northwest Coast Art
A fine and rare pair of Haida figures
A man and woman of high status, the male on an integral base and seen to be unclothed when viewed from the side, she with red wool ear ornaments, her feet in shallow relief carved on the bottom, each with black and red facial markings.
height 11 7/8in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    J. J. Brody collection, London; Sotheby's, Fine American Indian Art, New York, October 23, 1981, lot 389, illustrated on the catalogue cover.

    Exhibited:
    Museum of Mankind, London, 1976 - 1977.
    Portrait figures of this type were probably commissioned by non-Native patrons during the first half of the 19th century. Only a handful of such carvings have been illustrated over the years, including another pair from the James Hooper collection: Phelps, Steven, ART AND ARTIFACTS OF THE PACIFIC, AFRICA AND THE AMERICAS, Hutchinson of London, 1976, p. 314, ill. 1480 and 1481: "A. T. Todd-White, Lancaster House, Leytonstone, No. 181. One of a corpus of thirteen portrait figures, three of which in the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, were collected by Charles Wilkes in 1832"; for more examples, with still another pair of more crudely rendered figures and a single female similar to the present lot and possibly by the same hand, as seen in Coe, Ralph, SACRED CIRCLES, Nelson Gallery of Art - Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977, pp. 142 - 143, ill. 303, 304 and 305; and a single, more overtly European styled depiction as part of the Thaw collection: Vincent, Brydon, and Coe, ART OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN, University of Washington Press, 2000, p. 342, ill. T186. In Sotheby's cataloguing of the present lot, it was reported that the pair had been collected between 1869 and 1876. There is little doubt, however, that this pair, like the others as documented, are all from the first half of the 19th century.
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