First Nations & Inuit Art
1st session

February 06 - February 27, 2020

This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $350 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

37390 13-Feb-2020 08:32:17 AM $350

17899 08-Feb-2020 06:09:06 PM $300

The bidding history list updated on: Friday, March 01, 2024 06:51:01

LOT 007

1927 - 2006
Canadian Indigenous

Cedar Carving
carved cedar
16 x 5 x 5 in, 40.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm

Estimate: $600 - $800 CAD

Sold for: $438

Preview at:

Private Collection, Vancouver

When discussing the history of First Nations art of the Pacific Northwest Coast in the second half of the twentieth century, the name Doug Cranmer continually shows up. Central to the renaissance of Haida Art, Cranmer worked alongside masters such as Bill Reid and Mungo Martin in reviving Haida and Kwakwaka'wakw visual culture.

In 1958 Cranmer, alongside Reid, was hired by the University of British Columbia to help carve a replica of a Haida village which still sits on the grounds of the Museum of Anthropology. He was instrumental in helping produce the next generation of Pacific Northwest Coast artists. In 1970, along with Tony Hunt and Robert Davidson, Cranmer was among the first instructors hired to teach at the newly opened Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Art at ‘Ksan.

Born in Alert Bay, BC in 1927, Cranmer was taught how to carve directly from the previous generation of Kwakwaka'wakw carvers. At 10 months old he was given the name Kesu’ which means “wealth being carved.” He is renowned as a master carver as well as an accomplished painter, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Museum of Anthropology. In 2012 the Museum of Anthropology held a comprehensive retrospective of his work.

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