Cowan's to Offer Original Remington Broncho Buster in March 25 American Indian & Western Art Sale

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  • March 01, 2011

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Frederic Remington's Broncho Buster, cast 37, is estimated to bring $200/300,000 in Cowan's March 25, 2011 American Indian & Western Art Auction
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Tlingit Chilkat Child's Blanket, estimated to bring $10/15,000
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Cowan’s will offer in its March 25, 2011 American Indian and Western Art Auction an original bronze cast of Frederic Remington’s Broncho Buster, estimated to bring $200,000/300,000.  Exceptional examples of American Indian Art, including fresh-to-the-market beadwork, carvings, weavings and basketry, will also be offered.

This particular Broncho Buster, cast 37, is an early lifetime cast of approximately 90 known to have been produced. The piece was owned by William Cooper Proctor (1862-1934), President of Proctor and Gamble from 1907-1930, and gifted to his niece, noted collector Mary Johnston. According to the ledgers within the substantial archive of the Roman Bronze Works Foundry, salvaged and currently cared for by the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Forth Worth, Texas, this Broncho Buster was cast on January 24th, 1906. Currently one of the original Broncho Buster casts resides in the White House’s Oval Office.

An oil on canvas by Frank E. Schoonover, titled The Line Stretched for Miles As It Had Stretched Once Before is expected to sell for $50,000/75,000.  Schoonover, an American illustrator, is well known for his magazine and book illustrations of eclectic material ranging from Western subjects to historical figures like Joan of Arc. In 1903 Shoonover traveled to the West; the ideas for many of his Western works can be traced back to this expedition. In this painting, the artist has depicted a specific historical event, the opening of the Cimarron Strip (Oklahoma).

Cowan’s will be offering an oil on canvas by Charlie Dye titled Good Medicine for a Sick Horse estimated to bring $20,000/30,000. Dye was part of the second generation of American Western painters and a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, a group of artists that focused on illustrating a waning Western lifestyle.

An Andy Warhol serigraph titled Mother and Child is expected to sell for $15,000/20,000. Warhol, one of the most prolific 20th century contemporary artists, made this series of Western prints towards the end of his life. The series included this print and nine others, with portraits of famous Western subjects such as John Wayne, General Custer, Geronimo, and Annie Oakley.

An Assiniboine Beaded Hide Bandolier Bag is estimated at $15,000/20,000. The bag is thread and sinew-sewn shot pouch using glass bead colors of pony trader blue, black, pink, and white.

A Jessie Monongye Inlay Gold Bear Necklace is expected to bring anywhere from $14,000/16,000. The bear is double-sided and shown on the cover of Jerry Jacka’s book “Beyond Tradition”. The black bear has an incredibly detailed micro-mosaic night scene complete with planets, moon, comet, and stars.

A painting by American artist Nick Eggenhoffer, titled Landscape with Indians, is estimated at $10,000/15,000.

A Navajo Multiple Pattern Germantown Weaving is expected to bring $8,000/10,000. There are two types of multiple pattern Germantowns, and both are quite rare. There are approximately 12 known examples that can be documented, all woven between the 1880’s and 1895.

An Eastern Cree Shot Pouch and Powder Horn Set is estimated at $8,000/10,000. A lot of 2, both pieces are backed with patterned cotton. The thread is sewn using small glass beads in colors of pony trader blue, white, pink, clear, amber, pea green, white, and cobalt.

A Pueblo Polychrome Painted Hide Shield is estimated at $8,000/10,000. Detailed with an Avanyu on the top half and an abstract design with lighting bolts and dots on the lower half, the shield is painted in red, green, yellow, and black.

A Bering Sea Eskimo Ivory Pipe with Pipe Tamper is expected to hammer down anywhere between $7,000/9,000. Made of golden patina, the pipe is incised using black and red ink to depict seals, wolves, walrus, dogfish, and caribou.

A Sioux Beaded Hide Cradle is estimated at $6,000/8,000. Sinew sewn and full beaded using bead colors of red whiteheart, dark blue, pea green, greasy yellow, and white, the cradle comes from the Fraser Douglass collection.   A Crow Beaded Buffalo Hide Scabbard is estimated at $10,000/15,000.
  A Chippewa Beaded Cradleboard is expected to bring anywhere from $15,000/20,000. The 19th century Cradelboard is thread-sewn using bead colors of red white-heart, pink, white, pony trader blue, light blue, pea green, greasy yellow, and pumpkin.   A Tonawanda Seneca False Face Staff is expected to bring $6,000/8,000. Finely carved with the head of the cane featuring a slightly closed hand holding a red painted false face maskette; the body of the cane is wrapped with two snakes, the smaller of the two eats a frog; engraved on the head of the larger snake is G.A.M. 1841, probably for George Moses, an important Seneca headman.

Chippewa Beaded Cradleboard, estimated to bring $15/20,000
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A Tlingit Chilkat Child's Blanket is estimated to bring $10,000/15,000.

Emily Everhart
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