An exceptional collection of pottery, textiles, fine art, and katsinas from the southwestern United States led the way in Cowan’s Spring American Indian & Western Art: Premier Auction on April 5, 2019. The spectacular Collection of Harriet and Seymour Koenig accounted for over $250,000 of the $1.3M sales total (including a 20% Buyer’s Premium), nearly doubling the low estimate for the collection.
“The prices today prove just how great an eye Harriet and Seymour had when assembling this beautiful collection,” said Danica Farnand, Cowan’s director of American Indian & Western Art. “Bidders could feel the passion and love of the region exuding from every piece.”
The top lot from the collection was a late 19th century Zuni polychrome olla that sold for $33,210. A large form, having a concave base, sharp shoulders, and slightly flared rim, the olla was painted boldly with stylized rainbirds, birds with flowers in their beaks, and finely crosshatched winged elements.