A Navajo child's blanket
Lot 4301
A Navajo classic child's blanket
Sold for US$ 60,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Navajo classic child's blanket
Worked with end bands of alternating chevrons and stripes about the diamond band center, very tightly woven in indigo, recarded pink, raveled cochineal-dyed and handspun yarns.
size approximately 4ft 3in x 2ft 9in


  • Provenance:
    Sotheby's New York, May 26, 1999, lot 451

    Wharton James, George, 1937, p. 33, fig. 9: "Perhaps one of the most pleasing blankets of the Fred Harvey collection at Albuquerque is the old bayeta blanket, reproduced in Fig. 9. In all my experiences among the Navajos I have seen very few blankets of this type, one of them being in my own collection and illustrated elsewhere. The red of the bayeta has toned down to a soft delicate rose madder, while the blue of the zigzags and the smaller figures of the designs are as rich and as deep undoubtedly as the day the yarn came from the dyeing vessel. The blue of the border stripes has softened down wonderfully until it is almost steel-like in appearance; on the other hand, the white has taken on a tone until is it a delicate cream, and where this white has been interwoven, as it is in a number of the stripes and in some of the small figures of the design with the red bayeta, a most pleasing effect is produced. This blanket is undoubtedly of the very earliest type and will go back fully one hundred and fifty to two hundred years, and although it has seen exceedingly rough usage, as all saddle blankets are subject to, it is almost as perfect today as when it left the hands of the original weaver."
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