Sculpture From the Collection of George Terasaki
Sotheby’s Auction, New York, 19 November 2019
Soft cover, 289 pages.
Condition: very good condition. I wrote the prices realized for each item on the appropriate item page on the Southwest items. I did not do so on the Northwest items. (AL ANTHONY)
George Terasaki’s name is legendary in the field of Native American art. He collected only masterpieces from the indigenous cultures of North America. He provided extraordinary objects to museums and private collections, and built a masterful collection for himself. His collection spanned cultures from all over North America, but was centered on two landscapes: the Pueblo Culture of the American Southwest and the peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America.
This is the auction catalog of Terasaki’s estate, held in New York in 2019. I am suggesting this for any collector who wishes to see the finest of the finest. As an example, one item in the auction was a katsina doll estimated to sell for $15,000 to $25,000: the sale price realized was $67,500. A Zia jar, 10-½” diameter, estimated to sell at $8,000 to $12,000 sold for $27,500. A California basket by Elizabeth Hickok, estimated to sell for $5,000 to $7,000, sold for $22,500. These examples will illustrate the interest in the items from his estate. There were 80 items in the auction.