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Native American, Fine Jewelry, and Ethnographic Tribal Museum Collection Live on September 9th

Welcome to this very special auction by Pangaea Auctions. They are offering over 600 lots that will hit the auction block on September 9th, 2017 with incredibly low start prices ensuring great buys and investment level purchases. This collection represents a collector’s quality selection of Chinese, Native American, European, and American antiques, jewelry and collectibles of the highest quality and importance ranging in historical periods from prehistoric to 18th Century to the 20th Century. A spectacular lot line up for bidders with enough variety to suit every collector ranging from the 18th century to 20th Century with museum quality items. Absentee bidding is available right up until auction day, with the live action kicking off at 8AM Pacific Time.

Pangaea Auctions is an International auction house that operates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. We are a premier auction management company that provides a world-class auction service to its clients. Clients may range from consignors, galleries, artists, estates, collectors, museums and even other auction houses. The Pangaea Auctions business model enables us to consign our client’s collections and market them to a global audience, where Millions of potential qualified buyers are able to bid. The Pangaea Auctions management team pre-approve these bidders through limited partnerships with Internet auction houses and Public auctions houses located around the world.

Lot 3 presents an opportunity to bid on a rare Chinese Rock Crystal Sculpture of a Dragon Serpent emerging from the sea. The catalog description shares the stunning work:

” Estimated more than 75 yrs. old. Chinese art is visual art that, whether ancient or modern. Early “stone age art” dates back to 10,000 BC, mostly consisting of simple pottery and sculptures. Chinese art has arguably the oldest continuous tradition in the world. Traditional Chinese painting involves essentially the same techniques as Chinese calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of paper and silk. Chinese ritual sculptures from the Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties come from a period of over a thousand years from c. 1500 and were cast with complex patterns and zoomorphic decoration, but avoid the human figure. Smaller figures in pottery or wood were placed in tombs for many centuries afterwards, reaching a peak of quality in the Tang Dynasty. Small Buddhist figures and groups were produced to a very high quality in a range of media, as was relief decoration of all sorts of objects, especially in metalwork and jade. Sculptors of all sorts were regarded as artisans and very few names are recorded. Chinese ceramic ware shows a continuous development since the pre-dynastic periods, and is one of the most significant forms of Chinese art. Most later Chinese ceramics, even of the finest quality, were made on an industrial scale, thus very few individual potters or painters are known. Many of the most renowned workshops were owned by or reserved for the Emperor, and large quantities of ceramics were exported as diplomatic gifts or for trade from an early date. (Wikipedia) Size and/or Weight: See Measurement Photo.”

Beautiful Navajo jewelry is featured at Lot 35. With a great opening bid of only $150, this exceptional creation is open for bidding. The full description is as follows:

“Large Allen Chee Sterling Silver Eagle Cuff Bracelet Paired With A Running Bear Shop Sterling Silver Eagle Ring. Silver Tested. Bracelet Size Ring Size 10. Estimated more than 50 yrs. old. The Navajos are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States. After the Cherokee, they are the second largest federally recognized tribe in the United States. Until contact with Pueblos and the Spanish, the Navajos were largely hunters and gatherers. The tribe adopted crop farming techniques from the Pueblo peoples. The practice of spinning and weaving wool into blankets and clothing became common and eventually developed into a form of highly valued artistic expression. Silversmithing is an important art form among Navajos. Atsidi Sani c. 1830–c. 1918 is considered to be the first Navajo silversmith. He learned Silversmithing from a Mexican man called Nakai Tsosi “Thin Mexican” around 1878 and began teaching other Navajos how to work with silver. By 1880, Navajo silversmiths were creating handmade jewelry including bracelets, tobacco flasks, necklaces and bracers. Later, they added silver earrings, buckles, bolos, hair ornaments, pins and squash blossom necklaces for tribal use, and to sell to tourists as a way to supplement their income. The Navajos’ hallmark jewelry piece called the “squash blossom” necklace first appeared in the 1880s. Turquoise has been part of jewelry for centuries, but Navajo artists did not use inlay techniques to insert turquoise into silver designs until the late 19th century. (Wikipedia) Size and/or Weight: See Measurement Photo’

Pangaea Auctions are extremely grateful to their collectors and galleries for selecting them to represent such a high quality body of work. This important event will begin live bidding at 11:00 AM Eastern US Time on Saturday September 9th, 2017. Absentee bidding is available right now on iCollector.com. Bidders can join the live auction from any internet enabled device. Pangaea Auctions conducts only four auctions per year to ensure quality lots at a low start price. The entire catalog is available today with photos and detailed descriptions ready for browsing through iCollector.com

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