A pair of Haida silver bracelets, attributed to Charles Edenshaw
Lot 69
A pair of Haida silver bracelets, attributed to Charles Edenshaw
Sold for US$ 87,500 inc. premium

Native American Art

4 Jun 2018, 11:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Lot Details
A pair of Haida silver bracelets, attributed to Charles Edenshaw A pair of Haida silver bracelets, attributed to Charles Edenshaw A pair of Haida silver bracelets, attributed to Charles Edenshaw
A pair of Haida coin silver bracelets
Attributed to Charles Edenshaw, Da.a xiigang, (1839-1920), both tapered cuffs centering a pair of cormorants in profile, the bodies defined by precise formline elements set against the finely hachured ground, slight design variances evident between the two examples, each with triple-lobed tails at the terminals, a simple double-hook clasp for closure.
weight 42.5 and 40.7g, inner circumference 7 1/4 and 7in, inner length of each 2 1/4in, greatest width of each cuff 1 3/4in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    An English family collection, acquired at auction in Hereford by the vendor's grandparents, thence by descent

    The attribution to Charles Edenshaw comes from a cautious comparison of the design and execution of the two bracelets in the present lot against known and attributed examples by the artist. See McLennan, Bill and Duffek, Karen, "Placing Style: A Look at Charles Edenshaw's Bracelets Through Time", pp. 126-149, an essay in Charles Edenshaw, 2013, Black Dog Publishing/Vancouver Art Gallery, London, published in conjunction with the 2014 exhibition of the same title. The authors provide a comprehensive survey of bracelets and other silverwork carved by Charles Edenshaw, and discuss the evolution in style and technique over the artist's lengthy career.

    When viewed against several other bracelets where Edenshaw depicted cormorants (see fig.62, p.81; figs. 141a&b and 142, p.130), two of which were collected in 1879, another dated to the turn of the century, the bracelets in the present lot display the characteristics of work from the latter period. "One of the many features that mark Charles Edenshaw's stylistic development as he reached artistic maturity in the mid-to late 1800s is the animation or life-like movement he instilled in the Haida crests and mythological characters he depicted, whether in silver, paint or sculpture... In his metalwork, Da.a xiigang was of course restricted to the two-dimensional rectangular field, yet he brought to it a formal and conceptual approach that continued to refine and bring greater complexity to his earlier approached to volume, the structure of the composition and the use and control of negative space... When Figure 142 is contrasted with the earlier bracelet shown in Figure 141b, we can observe a significant leap in how the artist adapted the cormorant motif to the available space, which he has modified into a wide, tapered bracelet form." (ibid. p.135)
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