A cornucopia of American Indian art

Nearly 850 pieces of American Indian art, jewelry, basket and rug weaving, antiques and collectibles are set to hit the block Nov. 9 and 10 at the Big Fall Phoenix Auction in Mesa, Ariz. Taking place simultaneously on iCollector.com, this American Indian art auction will offer items that are perfect for collectors and as home decoration, so you won't want to miss your opportunity to check out the entire inventory.

Baskets galore
Not just your average flea market fare, the baskets available at the Phoenix auction are expertly hand-crafted and date back decades, or even centuries in some cases. Some of the baskets are not only rare, they exhibit artistry that rivals anything you'll find in modern culture.

A fine-woven, hard Klickitat basket from the early 1900s (lot #36) is one of the most eye-catching examples up for bid. In beautiful condition – it still has its original rim loops – this basket is the kind of item that would serve well as part of a historic collection or in a private home as a showpiece.

The Haida people were native to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska, and because they lived hundreds of miles from many of the Southwestern tribes that are so well represented in this auction, their baskets have a very distinctive look. A perfect example of that uniqueness is the globe-shaped basket from the early 1900s (lot #31). That shape, which is contrasted to the more traditional basket shapes seen in many of the other lots, combines with the basket's simple latticework design to create a novel approach to a conventional container.

Rare pottery
Lovers of American Indian pottery will not be disappointed with the wares on display Nov. 9 and 10. A large polychrome Zia‚Äč storage jar with rams and other figures painted on its outside (lot #125) is a truly remarkable piece of artistry. Crafted by the Zia – an ancient tribe from New Mexico that is well-known for its pottery – this vessel is one that will turn many a bidder's head.

Another piece that deserves some extra intention is the saucer-shaped Hopi pottery olla that is adorned with a traditional avian and butterfly motif (lot #124). Not only is its shallower bowl worth mentioning because of how it lends the piece an entirely different character than most other pottery pieces, the attention to detail in the exterior painting will require at least a double take as you survey the inventory.

More weaving
If you're an appreciator of American Indian weaving but want to look beyond baskets, there will also be several hand-woven rugs on the block. A richly-colored Navajo woven rug with a striking brown and white primary design that also includes a smattering of reds and greens (lot #578) is one of the most beautiful pieces that will pass through the auctioneer's hands.

You'll also want to check out another Navajo rug, this one by noted American Indian artist Marilyn Lee (lot #573). It's just the kind of thing that you can find in few other venues outside of iCollector, which affords access to hundreds of auctions that would have otherwise been limited to people who could make the trek to their physical sights.

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