A fine Northwest Coast spoon
Lot 4155
A fine Northwest Coast spoon
Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine Northwest Coast spoon
A fine Northwest Coast spoon
Tlingit or Tsimshian, carved from a single piece of wood, the delicately curved bowl divided into triangular fields painted in a fineline pattern, surmounted by a full human figure with upraised hands, the duotone handle rising from the back of the head.
length 12 1/2in, width 2 7/8in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    James Hooper Collection, U.K.; Mathias Komor Gallery, New York; Ulfert Wilke, artist and former Director, University of Iowa Museum of Art; descended through the family

    Ill:
    Wilke, Ulrich, 1975, p. 17, item 208

    In Ulfert Wilke's book An Artist Collects he describes a visit along with Max Granick in April, 1968, to the Komor Gallery of New York where he purchased this spoon. There is no mention of the Hooper Collection in his writing and it may well have escaped the attention of both men, however with close examination markings on the back of the ladle clearly illustrate this provenance. Under the right light one can just make out parts of the letters "HOOPER" along with other verbiage that matches up perfectly in handmanship, font size, paint color, use of upper case lettering, and spacing to that seen on the Hooper Northwest Coast dagger Bonhams offered on December 5, 2011, lot 4127. It is clearly by the same hand. As Wilke bought his spoon in 1968, well before the publication of the catalogue and famous series of auctions of Hooper's collection from 1976-82, it must be concluded that it left the collection prior to those dates.
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