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Important Canadian Art
1st Session

November 05 - November 26, 2020

Current bid: $9,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

11958 26-Nov-2020 10:16:06 AM $9,000 AutoBid

818795 26-Nov-2020 10:16:06 AM $8,500

11958 05-Nov-2020 11:23:17 PM $8,000 AutoBid

LOT 0223

1920 - 1998

Haida Art (Killer Whale and Humans)
sterling silver brooch, circa 1957
signed and titled Haida Art
1 1/2 x 2 1/4 in, 3.8 x 5.7 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $11,250

Preview at:

Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, February 24, 2007, lot 24
Private Collection, Vancouver

Bill Reid: A Retrospective Exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery, 1974, curriculum vitae section
Karen Duffek, Bill Reid: Beyond the Essential Form, 1986, similar work entitled Raven, Wolf, Whale and Bear, circa 1960, reproduced page 39

After studying traditional European jewellery-making methods in Toronto, Bill Reid returned to Vancouver in 1951, establishing a basement workshop for his jewellery. Reid further comments, “With my return to the coast...I began to devote all my creative activities to applying the European techniques I had learned to an expanded application of the old Haida designs to jewellery. Lacking the techniques and equipment I had, the older carvers had been pretty well limited to the making of...engraved bracelets. I was able to extend this into such forms as earrings, brooches, rings, decorated boxes, etc., and to bring to all forms a three dimensional quality the older works had lacked.”

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