Hoping to build on a spring auction that saw a record number of bidders and record sale prices, Cowan’s Fall American Indian & Western Art Auction features an even more diverse collection of art and artifacts. The September 23 auction features a wide range of beadwork, blankets, jewelry, pottery, war clubs and tomahawks, and western art as well as another unparalleled collection of prehistoric art and artifacts.
“One of the best parts of this job is being able to handle and learn about so many different pieces of history,” said Danica M. Farnand, Cowan’s director of American Indian Art. “This auction features the most diverse collection of objects that I’ve ever worked with. It’s truly a remarkable sale.”
The top lot of the auction is expected to be an extraordinary 18th century eastern woodlands pipe from the collection of Clem Caldwell, Kentucky. This exquisitely carved and decorated pipe bowl depicts a nearly naked man sitting, his torso reclining, his hands resting on his hips, and his legs extended with slightly flexed knees. The pipe is expected to sell for $80,000 – $120,000.
Adding to the desirability of the pipe is its age. As European colonists began to settle the Southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions in the 18th century, most pieces of Native American culture were destroyed as they were displaced from the area. This pipe somehow survived in excellent condition.
“Pipes like these are so rare they almost never come to market, and pipes with this level of craftsmanship are practically unheard of,” said Farnand. “Over 300 years after it was originally carved, you can still make out carved tattoo markings and his glass imitation wampum bead belt is still intact. It’s a stunning piece.”
To register for the auction and view all lots, click HERE.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 10:00 am ET
Friday, September 22, 2017 – 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 21, 2017 – 8:00 to 10:00 am
20% for bids placed in person, by phone or absentee on cowans.com
23% for bids placed on bidsquare.com