In Navajo, hozho refers to a state of being where the natural and the supernatural coexist in perfect balance. Representing an aesthetic ideal to Navajo weavers, it is achieved to a high degree in many of the outstanding blankets owned by renowned and beloved performer Andy Williams.
The collection, on offer this May, boasts a broad range of weaving styles including rugs and saddle blankets. The highlight of this important group is a Classic Chief's "Bayeta" First Phase Wearing Blanket, one of only ten known to exist. In the early 19th century, Chief's blankets were an established trade item worth as much as twenty horses or five ounces of gold, making them one of the most expensive garments in the world.
Another spectacular offering is the Classic Woman's Dress. It is finely and tightly woven in two panels, each featuring indigo-blue terracing that represents mountains sacred to the Navajo.
The sale of The Andy Williams Collection Of Navajo Blankets neared the high estimate to total $978,506 with all of the lots finding buyers. It becomes the first ‘White Glove’ auction at Sotheby’s New York this year.
David Roche, Senior Consultant in Sotheby’s American Indian Art Department commented: “I am thrilled with the result of today’s sale of The Andy Williams Collection Of Navajo Blankets -the first White Glove auction at Sotheby’s New York this year. Andy’s spotlight spilled out across the sale, illuminating the category to a whole new body of collectors.