Historical First Nations & Inuit Art
2nd session

February 06 - February 27, 2020


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $5,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

26470 26-Feb-2020 12:57:48 PM $5,000 AutoBid

The bidding history list updated on: Friday, March 01, 2024 07:27:35

LOT 105

19th Century

Northwest Coast Bear Potlatch Bowl
carved wood with inlaid abalone and Marten teeth, circa 1860
16 1/2 x 6 x 7 in, 41.9 x 15.2 x 17.8 cm

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 CAD

Sold for: $6,250

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Collection of Axel Rasmussen, Alaska
Private Collection, British Columbia

Axel Rasmussen (1886 – 1945) was a Presbyterian minister and schoolteacher who moved to Wrangell, Alaska in the late 1920s to become Superintendent of Schools there. During this period he devoted much time to collecting, obtaining works primarily from First Nations individuals, and he also traded with other collectors and dealers. The condition of the objects in his collection and careful cataloguing notes testify to his interest in each piece and the care which he gave them. In 1937 his superintendent work took him to Skagway, and he brought his collection there and started a museum. While there, he greatly broadened the scope of his collection, but kept it restricted to the Northwest and that region alone. The Portland Museum acquired most of Rasmussen's collection in 1948.

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