American Indian Art at Sotheby’s

On May 13, 2005, Sotheby’s sale of American Indian Art will
feature a rare and important collection of early Woodlands Indian
artifacts from the Farquharson Collection, belonging to a family
whose ancestral roots lie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Collection
was originally in the Invercauld House, home of the Farquharson
family for over five hundred years, and was subsequently moved
to nearby Braemar Castle, a fortress transformed into their
residence, where it had been on display for the public for over
twenty years. Acquired through the family’s eighteenth and early
nineteenth-century Scottish Military connections with Northeastern
North America, the offering consists of moccasins, belts, garters,
pouches, a canoe and a number of smaller pieces. Original documentation
accompanies the material, and this rare and unusual association
enhances the collection’s importance, adding to the knowledge
of the age, provenance and range of Native American objects
from this period, and additionally, an essay entitled "A
Casket of Savage Curiosities" by noted scholar Ruth Phillips
sheds light upon the military conflicts that coincide with personal
affairs in the Farquharson family. Comprised of outstanding
examples of early bead and quillwork, it is among the earliest
known field collections in existence. The Collection will be
on exhibition in Sotheby’s sixth floor gallery from May 7 –
12 and is expected to bring $300/500,000.

American Indian AmericanaDavid
Roche, Sotheby’s specialist of American Indian Art, said: "We
are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer the Farquharson
Collection. A collection of this caliber has not been offered
at auction in more than twenty years, since Sotheby’s held the
landmark sale of the Messiter Collection in 1982 where record
prices were paid for similar pieces, bringing a whole new visibility
to American Indian Art in the marketplace."

American Indian AmericanaFrom
the Farquharson offering is a cross-section of Northeastern
and Great Lakes material, including a Great Lakes Pouch, decorated
with horse hair (est. $70/100,000), a Great Lakes Stone Pipe
and Steam, Ojibwa with red, blue, brown and white bands (est.
$40/60,000) and a Great Lakes Sash (est. $30/50,000).

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