Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Live Auction

Modern + Contemporary Art & Design

Sat, Mar 4, 2023 12:00PM EST
Lot 46

Carved Whalebone Sculpture, Inupiak (attributed)

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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$100,000 $10,000
Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Inupiak artist, attributed (see Additional Information)
Marking(s); notes: no marking(s) apparent
Country of origin; materials: American; carved whalebone, wood (base)
Dimensions (H, W, D): 16.75"h, 19"w, 6.25"d (base comprises approx. 1.75" of height)
Additional Information: Palm Beach Modern Auctions would like to thank the Alaska Native Heritage Center for sharing their thoughts on the origin of this work. Please note, this assessment is based on photos only and we invite interested bidders and/or their experts to examine the carving in person or request additional photos/video. "Generally, whalebone sculptures of this kind originated in Shishmaref, Alaska (An Inupiaq village). There are many carvers using the material these days, mostly in the Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik regions of the state." They were also kind enough to share a list of appraisers, which we are happy to forward on request. Provenance: Private Collection, Palm Beach, Florida.

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May 2023 Modern & Contemporary Art, Design & Luxury


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