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Helm’s Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig on July 7th

Helm’s Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig catalog contains Native American artifacts such as Navajo weavings and Pueblo pottery, Pre-Columbian artifacts, and other pre-historic items such as arrowheads and other stone tools. Also included are Oceanic, African and Chinese tribal artifacts. This catalog also includes Native American and Mexican jewelry from the 20th century as well as many other items. Bidding is available online now and the live auction kicks off on Saturday July 7th at 11:15 AM Pacific Time.

The star of the show is an original oil on canvas from Johann Valters-Walter Kurau (1869 – 1932) up for bidding at Lot 128. Opening at only $4000 this has an estimated value of up to $100,000. The auctioneer describes this as follows:

“Johann Valters-Walter Kurau (1869-1932) Original Oil on Canvas c. 1900. Oil on canvas with gold-gilt frame, the frame measures 62 1/2″ x 61 1/2″ x 3″ (158cm x 156cm x 7cm). Image measures approx. 46 1/2″ x 46 1/2″ (118cm x 118cm). From an old, European collection. Born in Latvia to a Baltic German mother, Valters studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg alongside famous Latvian artists Rozentals and Purvitis. Inspired by Impressionism and Expressionism periods of the late 19th century, he developed his own style deeply rooted in Realism. Having obtained German citizenship through his mother, the artist moved to Dresden, Germany in 1906, and to Berlin ten years later. After living in Germany for some years, he adopted the name Walter Kurau. This landscape was painted before 1906 as Valters has signed his name in Cyrillic, as was the custom of Latvian artists. His most famous work painted in 1900, “Bathing Boys,” resides in the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga. High-resolutions images are available upon request via email to admin@helmauction.com as well as private viewings by appointment only. Condition: Very good, some minor crazing to image and cracking to frame, see images. Shipping: Buyer is responsible for pick-up, handling and shipping of the item.”

Lot 152 presents a beautiful Chemeheuvi Basket opening at $1250. This is circa 1930’s and is finely made of willow and devil’s claw. The basket measures 7” by 6” and is from the Mojave Desert. This offers an opportunity to win a museum quality piece that will compliment any collection.

A featured weaving of the sale is at Lot 168. On the auction block is an antique Navajo weaving from the 1970s. It is made of wool and dye, and measures 25” by 17”. From New Mexico, it depicts Two Grey Hills with natural colors. This is a great buy that will hammer at auction for only a few hundred dollars.

Helm Auctions show their auctions live from El Cajon, California. The event will begin for live bidding around 10:15AM Pacific Time on Saturday July 7th, 2018. Absentee bidding is available now and bidders can join the live auction from any internet enabled device. Helm Auctions had dedicated exceptional attention to this auction and will be able to answer all questions about individual items. The entire catalog is available today with photos and detailed descriptions ready for browsing.

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