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Important Canadian Art
1st Session

November 05 - November 26, 2020

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LOT 0209

1952 -

Totem Pole
bronze sculpture on a marble base
signed, editioned 4/8 and dated 1984
50 x 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in, 127 x 14.6 x 11.4 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $22,500

Preview at:

Corporate Collection, Vancover

This model pole is based on a totem pole that stood in Masset on Haida Gwaii. In 1901 the pole was moved from Masset to Beacon Hill Park in Victoria. In 1948, a strong wind storm blew the pole down and the fragments were transferred to the University of British Columbia. The Museum of Anthropology commissioned Jim Hart to make a reconstruction of the pole, and with the assistance of an archival photo of the pole as it stood in Victoria, he created a clay model for a new full-sized pole. In 1982, the full-sized pole was completed and raised on the Museum of Anthropology grounds. In 1984, Hart made eight bronze castings. The Museum of Anthropology has an edition of this sculpture in their permanent collection, acquired in 1985.

Please note: this work is mounted to a marble tile base which measures 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

There is a visible chip in the base at the lower right corner and a few other minor chips in the marble.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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