Our auction brought over $1.2 million. This collection of outstanding American Indian works and Western Art was led by Ernest Leonard Blumenschein's painting, Arizona Dam which achieved $365,000. Also performing strongly was a rare Mesquakie bear claw necklace and turban which sold for $75,000 - well over the high estimate.
Sotheby’s is pleased to present works from the Collection of the David J. Brown Family, featuring outstanding American Indian works as well as Western Art and photographs. The collection celebrates intrinsic themes found in the arts of the American West, and reflects multiple views and interpretations from the Mandan and Cheyenne to Ernest Leonard Blumenschein and Ansel Adams.
Please note the correct provenance is:
Richard A. Pohrt Collection; Acquired from Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Please note the following additional provenance, literature and exhibition information for this lot, which was displayed in the exhibition and in the online catalogue:
Collection of the artist, 1959;
Acquired from Nedra Matteucci Galleries, New York, 1998
Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery, Thirteenth Exhibition of Contemporary American Oil Painting, December 1932-January 1933;
New York, National Arts Club, 1934;
New York, World's Fair, American Art Today, 1939 (as Red Symphony);
New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, 1943 (as Red Symphony);
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Museum of New Mexico, A Retrospective Exhibition of the Life Work of Ernest Blumenschein, May-June 1948, no. 39;
Las Cruces, New Mexico, New Mexico College of Agriculture & Mechanic Arts, Blumenschein: A Retrospective Exhibition, December 1958-January 1959, illustrated (as Arizona);
Phoenix, Arizona, Pheonix Art Museum, Visitors to Arizona 1846 to 1890, 1980, no. 74
Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham, "In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein," Norman, Oklahoma, 2008, illustrated as a detail p. 202, illustrated p. 211;
Reginald Fisher, "Museum's First Retrospective Exhibition," El Palacio, vol. 55, no. 6, June 1948, p. 164