Important Collection of Inuit Sculpture to be offered at Bonhams Los Angeles

Los Angeles – On March 23, Bonhams will offer the Marian and John "Scotty" Scott Collection of Inuit Art, with all of the estate's proceeds from the sale of this collection to be bequeathed to the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) in Toronto, Canada, the only national organization dedicated to supporting Inuit artists working in all media and geographic areas.

Assembled between the years of 1966 and 1988, this collection comprises 27 sculptures by various artists in a range of styles and subjects and includes six polar bears of various sizes and stances by noted sculptor Pauta Saila (R.C.A., 1916 – 2009). Often referred to as "dancing bears", the group ranges from a diminutive 4 ½ inches (estimate $3,000-5,000) to a monumental 22 ½ inches in height (estimate $20,000-40,000), one of the largest known examples of Saila's bears to ever come to auction.

Ingmars Lindbergs, Bonhams Director of Native American Art, commented: "The exuberant posture of these bears superbly captures Saila's mastery of the medium. When interviewed about the subject in 2004, Saila stated: 'Polar bears are playful when there's nobody around. They're playful, but you have to look at them without letting them know... I've never taken any pictures, it just stayed in my memory when I saw the polar bears dancing...' The collection includes other powerful works by notable artists, such as Jonasie Quarqortok Faber's defensive circle of muskoxen and George Arluk's semi-abstract dancing male."

Additional highlights in the sale include:
- A 14k gold cuff bracelet by Charles Loloma, Hopi, (1921-1991) (estimate: $15,000-20,000)
- John Nieto's (1936-2018), "Sioux Warrior," 1987, acrylic on canvas (estimate: $5,000-8,000)
- A modern woven wool tapestry by Ramona Sakiestewa, Hopi, (b. 1948), "Katsina/5," circa 1988 (estimate: $3,000-5,000)


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