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EXCEPTIONALLY RARE HOHOKAM SLATE LIZARD PALLET

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 688742 (stock# S-107)

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE HOHOKAM SLATE LIZARD PALLET
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480-596-3700


$4,800.00 

This exceptionally large Hohokam, C. 400 - 1100AD, slate pallet measures 9 inches in length and exhibits a wonderful lizard form with extended appendages and a well defined face.

The majority of Hohokam pallets known are rectangular in form which sometimes have small handles in the forms of a rattlesnake or other lifeforms. A small number of pallets are in the shape of a lizard or horn toad; virtually all of them though are not very demonstrative having the legs being formed against the body or central pallet. Records indicate that there are three very special lizard pallets in private hands where the legs are stretched out as this example is.

The condition is excellent with the tail rejoined from a clean break as well as the front right leg - there is no breakage in the central body area.

This example is one of the three best examples known in private hands with the other two being in major collections with little chance of ever being on the market within the next decade. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a world-class example at a very reasonable price. Additional details are available, just call.


FINEST CHACO TALL NECK PITCHER IN PRIVATE HANDS

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 355453 (stock# L103)

FINEST CHACO TALL NECK PITCHER IN PRIVATE HANDS
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480-596-3700


SOLD  

Very little needs to be said for this wonderful Chaco pitcher which measures 7.4 inches tall and, at the base, 5.8 inches wide. The bold design is executed on a bright white slip with superb line work. This pitcher is regarded by major collectors and dealers alike as absolutely the finest Chaco tall neck pitcher to exist in private hands. This pitcher was originally in my collection and sold in 2001. Since then we have quietly placed the piece into two major collections. Recently we reacquired the pitcher and can offer it to that next special collection. Discovered on the Tommy Cox ranch in New Mexico in 1997.


ABSOLUTELY AN INCREDIBLE SNOWFLAKE PITCHER C. 1175AD

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 627162 (stock# C234)

ABSOLUTELY AN INCREDIBLE SNOWFLAKE PITCHER C. 1175AD
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SOLD  

This is without question the finest Snowflake pitcher, and one of the finest of any of the prehistoric southwestern cultures, I have ever encountered. The pitcher measures 5.3" wide and 5.0 inches tall, is perfectly made and exhibits artwork that is beyond belief. As many know the designs were placed on the ceramic pieces with a brush made from the very fine hairs found in the leaves of yucca plants. They did not use stencils or layout lines to prepare for their work. The designs were placed on by freehand and in understanding that it is virtually impossible to believe this very complex and perfectly laid out design could have been accomplished - but obviously it was. The photos speak for themselves - reward yourself and spend a little time examining the attached photos and wonder for yourself how four perfectly placed spiral elements were drawn; each swirl is interconnected with the one to either side. The stepped diagonal designs are not only done with perfectly straight line elements but they are perfectly spaced; note the breaks in the circumference lines and how those breaks naturally flow into the rest of the design. And yes it is intact unbroken condition!! The pitcher was recently purchased from the collection of Dr. Fredrick Lau of Phoenix, AZ.

The new owner of this pitcher will be especially fortunate to have this pitcher which should bring years of enjoyment.


EXQUISITE MIMBRES DEER BOWL - C. 1100AD ANASAZI

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 659444 (stock# X3)

EXQUISITE MIMBRES DEER BOWL - C. 1100AD ANASAZI
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480-596-3700


SOLD  

Offered here is a truly wonderful classic Mimbres bowl with a perfectly executed powerful image of a deer. This Deer bowl is late Mimbres C. 1100AD (indicated by the three top bands on the inside) and the bowl measures 10" x 4.8", broken and glued with "Santa Fe Style" restoration (which means the bulk of the cracks on the inside have minor filling). The slip is very white and the paint is darker than the photos tend to show. There are three small pieces 100% in the white field behind the deer's rump which are patched (can see in photo #56); one tiny piece also in the white field in front of the mouth and a piece almost solely in the horizontal lines within the body of the deer which had been the kill. It was patched so the eye would not just go to the center hole. This was purchased by a major Arizona collector in the group about seven years ago for an allocated price of $19,000. At the Santa Fe Antique Indian Art Show, August 2006 this bowl was offered by another dealer for sale at $22,000.00. I recently purchased, as part of a larger collection, this bowl from the owner who bought it seven years ago so I can offer it at a much better price.

The restoration, which can be reversed without harm, is minor and was done to enhance the aesthetic values since it is such a wonderful and powerful image. At $22,000 it was priced at full retail; here at $15,000.00 it is a very fair, almost wholesale price.


UNBELIEVABLE SOCORRO CANTEEN - WITHOUT ANY EQUAL!

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 688675 (stock# T432)

UNBELIEVABLE SOCORRO CANTEEN - WITHOUT ANY EQUAL!
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SOLD IN 24 HOURS. 

There are prehistoric ceramics and then there is this canteen. One of the great joys in handling, over the years, many great mint pieces of pottery is the realization that every once in a while an example comes along which defies all reason and sets a new standard of excellence ....in condition, design and execution. So it is with this wonderful canteen.

The surface of the canteen has been polished to such an extent that the white achieves almost a pearl finish; the black is jet black and the overall feel is that of an enameled stove.

The pictures show a beautiful rectilinear pattern with some highly unusual curved elements integrated into the design. Even more astounding is the presence of two human hand forms, one with four fingers and the other with five fingers. This is the only example of such that I have seen or that I can locate in a book. Inquiries with experts in the field confirm the rare nature of the presence of the hand images. All in all - a piece truly without equal.


PRISTINE MIMBRES BOWL - ONE OF FINEST KNOWN

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 688752 (stock# m-232)

PRISTINE MIMBRES BOWL - ONE OF FINEST KNOWN
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Treasures Of Our Past
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SOLD! 

This incredible Mimbres geometric bowl measure 10.4" wide and 4" deep and is as pristine condition as the day it was made.

The interior exhibits two completely separate complex geometric forms. The first in the center has four elements arranged in an opposing patterns of bars each feathered to a center point. This design is very reminiscent of a woven basket. The second element is on the wall of the bowl - it is a negative pattern white line that extends through three different mazes and three different solid elements. The white line is continuous in such a fashion that it becomes a single element returning upon itself. In doing so it becomes a single element itself.

Without question this is one of the finest Mimbres geometric bowls extant - if that is not enough it is in perfect original condition.

Discovered in the early '80's by the owner of a five acre parcel of land in southeast Arizona ..... what a day it must have been for him when he found this bowl! No runs, cracks, chips or errors!!

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