Upcoming antiques auction will focus on artifacts from the American Southwest

Desert West is auctioning off many unique artifacts from the American Southwest at their facility in Mimbres, N.M., on Jan. 25 and 26. The available lots represent a wide range of collectibles with everything from Native American jewelry to pottery and art. New Mexico is a premier location for finding traditional and authentic Native American craft work and Western memorabilia. However, for those unable to make it out to the auction in person, iCollector.com provides a method of bidding on lots from your home computer. Here are some of the exciting lots coming to this auction in late January.

Navajo jewelry
One of the most intriguing items is a Navajo Sterling Silver Concho belt (lot #2061A). This belt features a large buckle and interspersed butterflies on a turquoise-dyed strap. Measuring a total of 41 inches, and featuring a 3-inch square buckle, this belt looks great on any occasion. Another piece of interest is a Navajo Red Shell and Sterling bracelet (lot #2098A) featuring channel-set red shells on traditionally stamped sterling silver. Finally, turquoise collectors will really love this auction's selection of unique pieces. One particularly beautiful item is a Navajo Sterling and Turquoise bracelet (lot #2159A), which prominently displays a polished nugget cabochon in the center.

Perhaps the most exciting pottery piece going to auction is a rare prehistoric bowl with parrot head handles (lot #2108A). The bowl boasts traditional Paquime designs with only slight paint wear. Also on the block is a prehistoric Casas Grandes stirrup pottery piece (lot #2064A). This truly unique item features two vessels connected in the middle by a passageway. In terms of a more contemporary look, this auction includes a tall jar from acclaimed artist Lupe Soto. The Mata Ortiz Polychrome Jar (lot #2000) is decorated with southwestern imagery in cream and rust on a burnished black background.

This auction will also feature a substantial range of art from the American southwest. Art collectors will be happy to see work like an original print by Phil Paradise titled "Moonlight Sonato" (lot #2166B), as well as an evocative piece of framed enamelware art by Jim Proctor (lot #2001A). Also available are original oil paintings by artists such as Paul B. Wilson and Van Muncy. Wilson's painting (lot #2003A) is titled "The Nile at Aswan" and depicts a nice desert landscape. The painting by Van Muncy, also a desert landscape, is titled "Our Lords Candle" (lot #2004A) and focuses on two yuccas in bloom.

To see an entire listing of available lots, check online at iCollector.com.

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