America Through Time


In celebration of the July 4th Holiday, we have brought together a selection of "America Through Time".

 
 
 
A very large and heavy American barn panel, with cut out decorative design mounted on brown barn panel. Wear on paint from long exposure. Pennsylvania Dutch country, Burke County, Pennsylvania. One of a pair. Very imposing, working as paintings and large scale sculpture. The barn was built in 1840. This and the twin panel (sold separately), circa 1860-1880. 
Dimensions: 112 in. x  37 in. x  2.25 in. / 285 cm. x 94 cm. x 6 cm. 
$6,000
 
 
 
A circular Plains Indian drum with rawhide head, wooden frame and old iron nails. 
Native repairs to aged cracks on edge. This drum has seen many years of use, and heard many songs and stories. Circa 1860-1900. Ex: John Molloy, NYC.
Dimensions: 27.5 in. / 69.85 cm. x 28.5 in. / 72.39 cm.
$2,500
 
 
 
JAN HAAG - "UNICORN"
 
Double strand Persian wool on 12 mesh canvas. Continental stitch in all four directions. Approximately 29,736 stitches.
Dimensions: 14.75 in. x 14 in. / 35.56 cm. x 35.65 cm.
 
In 1974 the unicorn was just becoming a well-known icon in the States. Haag gave the icon a rather ironic twist: note the predominance of American red, white and blue colors. True to Haag's spirit, the unicorn is depicted with one paw raised, indicating that it will not step on any living thing.This work is sold as part of a collection.
 
 
 
A "Sip-ikine" Kachina Doll. The Sip-ikine is a Zuni Warrior Kachina that appeared in the Bean Dance at the First Mesa. Evidence of extensive handling and use. Great pigments. Circa 1920-30. 
Dimensions: 10 in. x 3 in. / 25.4 cm. x 7.62 cm.
$4,800
 
 
 
Circa 1940 America large Carnival Penny Pitch Board with bold, original red, yellow and black colors.  This piece would have been positioned in the horizontal with a bucket to catch coins that didn't make it to a money spot on the table.
Dimensions: 48.5 in. x 48.5 in. / 123.19 cm. x 123.19 cm.
$5,500
 
 
 
A Sioux beaded dance wand from South Dakota c, 1920. Fine sinew, string, and horsehair wrappings along shaft. Native red cloth and old beads.
Length: 16.5 in. / 42 cm.
$750
 
  
 
CALIFAWNIA - "CHARGE OF STRIPES"
 
Spray paint on plexiglass. LA based artist and designer Califawnia is known for her work in the fashion world, working with Hurley, True Religion, Lucky and others. Collaborating with Michael Farhat of Art Mobb, she was a featured artist at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival sponsored by Walmart, and is currently exhibiting in the 6-30 show E Motion DTLA.
Dimensions: 36 in. x 24 in. / 91.44 cm. x 60.96 cm.
$8,500
 
 
 
Yakima Pony Beaded Moccasins. Formerly in the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Only known extant example. Circa 1850 to 1860.
Dimensions: 11 in. x 4 in. / 27.94 cm. x 10.6 cm. 
Price on Request
 
 
 
Very tall 66 drawer cabinet from a hardware store, Alabama. Original red paint, architectural finale, hand crafted deep drawers, original white knobs. Old and fragile. Will require special shipping arrangements. A great piece of American decorative art. Circa 1880.
Dimensions: 89.5 in. x 46.75 in. x 15.25 in. / 227.5 cm. x 119 cm. x 39 cm.  
$10,000
 
 
 
Crow parfleche case with crosses. Ex. Jay Gates. Circa 1890.
Dimensions: 26 in. x 12 in. / 66.04 cm. x 30.48 cm. 
$5,000
 
 
 
KENJI SHIOKAWA - "UNTITLED"
 
South Los Angeles based sculptor and mixed-media artist Kenzi Shiokawa was born in Japan, raised in Brazil, and received his art education in Los Angeles.Working with large pieces of salvaged wood, Shiokawa patiently turns these into inspirational touchstones. Shiokawa's work is currently being featured in an exhibit at the Hammer Museum.
Dimensions and prices on request.
 
 
 
An exceptionally large catlinite American Indian pipe from stone quarried at the famous mines in Minnesota. This pipe is unusual for both its great size, and its elaborate metal inlay. This pipe dates to the late19th century, and would no doubt have been an important piece in council and treaty sessions. Plains Indians.
Dimensions: 13.5 in. x 6 in. / 34 cm. x 15 cm.
$2,500
 
 
 
An industrial railroad cart with three heavy spoked iron wheels, with heavy wood top. Good condition. Circa 1890-1900.
Dimensions: 25 in. x 35.5 in. x 30 in. / 63 cm. x 91 cm. x 76 cm.
$4,800
 
 
 
S. California sting ray carved from slate like stone. This and similar carvings were sold on the side of the road by a local Indian artist to passing cars, Malibu, California. On a custom museum stand. Ex-Anthropos Fine Arts.
Dimensions: Length: 8.5 in. x 4 in. x 2.5 in. / 21.5 cm. x 10.16 cm. x 6.35 cm.
$1,800
 
 
Vintage American Diner sign, “Meals”. Circa 1920 - 1930’s. 
Dimensions: 20 in. x 38.5 in. x 5.25 in. / 50 cm. x 98 cm. x 13 cm.
$4,200
 
 
 
Two colorful stones from Calico, CA, a site which Louis Leakey explored to much controversy. It is a matter of dispute whether these are geofacts or stone tools, but they are beautiful explosions of color. One stone has a residue of white adhesive on the back where a collector likely affixed it to a board. Stones are sold as a pair and mounted on two custom museum stands. Additional Information regarding the Calico Site: Calico Early Man SiteImages from the Site
Red Stone: 5 in. x 4 in. / 12.7 cm. x 10.16 cm. 
White Stone: 6.5 in. x 3.5 in. / 16.51cm. x  8.89 cm. 
$2,000
 
  
 
QATHRYN BREHM - "ANGRY AT RUBIK" 
 
A masterful exploration of pop culture, “Angry at Rubik” is part of the series "When Good Toys Go Bad" by painter and photographer Qathryn BrehmKnown and beloved by Los Angeles artists and gallerists alike for her creative work as the Executive Director of Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Brehm's  talent as a creator of monumental decorative murals and installations has long been admired.
Signed digital print: 11 in. x 14 in.
$1,000
 
 
 
An ancient stone mallet, pitted and dark from use and age, with an old horn handle. This may have been for grinding pigments used in ceremonies as hard utilitarian pounding would have separated the stone from the handle. 
Dimensions: 11.25 in. x 2 in. / 28.56 cm. x 5.08 cm.
$1,500
 
 
 
An American shoe shine chair, "ice cream parlor iron work", circa late 19th century/early 20th century. Wooden seat and arms, with heavy cast iron "feet" and an open box to place brushes and polish. Strong and stable. Lots of character. 
Dimensions: 48.5 in. x 38.5 in. x 21.5 in. / 123.5 cm. x 98 cm. x 54 cm. 
$2,500
 
 
 
Arrow Sharpener, deep worn grooves atop arched stone for insertion of heated shaft for arrow straightening. Found San Bernardino County.Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.
Dimensions: 4 in. x 2.5 in. / 10.16 cm. x 6.35 cm. // 1 lbs. 2 oz. / 0.45 kg.
$2,000
 
 
 
Two steel factory scissors from a time when the assembly line consisted of hand work. Industrial instruments of extraordinary shape and resonance. The larger pair with handles covered with old material used over many years as padding for repetitive motion. Mounted on custom museum stands.
Ex. Paula Rubenstein, New York. 
Dimensions No 1: 10 in. x 4.5 in. / 25.5 cm. x 11.43 cm.
Dimensions No 2: 10 in. x 2.5 in. / 25.5 cm. x 6.5 cm.
$1,500
 
 
 
A large and very early California Maidu basket with bird like design. At some point a preserving substance was applied to the surface. Some mustiness lingers, but the age, refinement, and resonance of this basket makes it exceptionally rare.
Dimensions: 29.75 in. x 12 in. / 50 cm. x 31 cm. 
$5,600
 
 
 
A prehistoric Southern California Indian bowl, found Santa Paula, 1933, found upside down with gold inside. Perfect symmetry. Stunning in its simplicity. As good in design as any Japanese or Chinese bowl of any period. The steatite for this bowl would have been quarried on Catalina Island. Some fissures on exterior bottom of bowl which do not penetrate to interior, and some minor chips along lower exterior surface and a tiny one on rim. Blackened patina. Overall excellent condition. Certainly the most elegant stone bowl we have seen; a tour de force of aesthetic minimalism. Circa 1000 AD or before. 
Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.
4.5 in. 6.5 in / 11.5 cm. x 16.5 cm. // 5 lbs. 6 oz. / 2.45 kg. 
$6,000
 
 
 
 
 TED TOKIO TANAKA 
  
Signed, original drawing.Tanaka, whose architectural designs are on several continents, is known for the iconic electronic pylons at Los Angles International Airport. He is currently engaged in overseeing design around the Little Tokyo Metrolink station and the adjacent Arts District.
Dimensions: 9 in. x 6 in. / 25 cm. x 23 cm. 
$3,500
 
 
 
An exceptionally rare collection of S. California Indian points from Malaga Cove, Redondo Beach in their original frame. Collected 1920's.
Dimensions: 18 in. x 13 in. / 46 cm. x 33 cm.
$2,000
 
 
 
An American gymnast horse, with cylindrical leather saddle with two handles. Heavy iron base with levers for adjustment, and wheels and brakes for easy movement. Good condition. Leather remains soft and supple. Very heavy piece. Circa 1920. Ex-Paula Rubenstein, New York.
Dimensions: 39 in. x 65 in. x 40 in. / 99.5 cm. x 165 cm. x 102 cm.
$8,500
 
  
 
BONNIE SALAND - UNTITLED 
 
Traversing an extensive archive of imagery from the personal and collective unconscious, Bonnie Saland meanders through geographic, literary and spiritual references to create a richly layered iconographic language. Her work incorporates patterning, abstraction, and use of color, reconfiguring many sources, including textile and digital media and has been featured in many national publication. LA and Sea Ranch based Saland holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design program at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Price on Request
 
 
 
A large woven water vessel of cylindrical, pitch covered to make it water tight.
Circa 1860-1890. Ex. McKean Collection, Ex. Kim Martindale.
17 in. x 11 in. / 43.18 cm. x 27.94 cm. 
$2,500
 
 
 
The elegant buckle, and 9 discs all hand hammered. Native turquoise. Circa 1940's-1959. The ten silver disks are currently on a black leather belt but could be adopted to other lengths. Ex: Marcy Burns, NY.
Length: 37.5 in. / 95.25 cm. 
$2,200
 
 
 
MICHAEL FARHAT - "LIKE A BEE"
 
Hyper-realist works on plexiglass by Michael FarhatMichael Farhat is a Los Los Angeles based artist and illustrator. Farhat's portraits have sold to superstars Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and others. The process for Farhat's mixed-media works is complex, the artist working in reverse from the back of the piece, using free hand stencils, collage materials, and spray paint on plexiglass in which Farhat is a pioneer. Farhat has been commissioned by Microsoft, as well as by the NBA to create artwork on a Google platform at the 2016 NBA All Star Game in Toronto. 
Dimensions: 24 in. x 36 in. / 60.96 cm. x 91.44 cm. 
$8,500
 
 
Northern Plains. Rounded stone stitched in buffalo hide and sinew for pounding buffalo meat into jerky, energy for a people constantly on the move. Circa War Years, 1860-1880. Ex. Steven Shearer, Torrance, CA.
Dimensions: 8.25 in. x 3.5 in. x 3.25 / 21 cm. x 9 cm. x 8 cm. 
$1,200
 
 
 
MICHAEL C. McMILLEN
 
Mixed-media work, metal pipe with metal attachment
"No. 01, Date 21 Nov. 2001, Location: San Pablo Ave., West Oakland, Calif.From McMillen Optical Works, Los Angeles, Certified Object with Authentic Content, The Library of Michael C. McMillen" Signed by the artist, and red stamped.
Los Angeles based artist McMillen's works and installations are represented in galleries, museums, and public spaces world-wide. Recent exhibitions include:  ARCOmadrid 2010; SoCal: Southern California Art of the 1960's and 70's from LACMA's Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Red Trailer Motel, an installation with film, LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles; Conversations: Nature and the City, Ed Moses + Michael McMillen, National Museum of Natural History, Leiden.
Dimensions: 24 in. x 3 in. / 61 cm. x 7.5 cm. 
$5,000
 
 
 
A steel American industrial elevating table with spoke cast wheels. The large crank raises and lowers the top steel platform, supported by four very thick screws. A brake handle on the lower base. Original green paint. Circa 1920.
Dimensions: 36 in. x 38 in. x 26 in. / 91.5 cm. x 96.5 cm. x 66.5 cm.
$3,800
 
 
 
A large cornhusk bag, Nez Perce, Columbia River Plateau. Distinct, intricate wool embroidery design on each side. Fine condition. Early 20th century. Ex: John Molloy, NYC.  
Dimensions: 22.5 in. x 17.5 in. / 57.15 cm. x 44.45 cm.
$3,800
 
 
 
An early Pennsylvania Dutch, America painted protective hex board. A large painted panel, polychrome. The surface is pitted with marks made by hail. A perfect "contemporary" painting, and good luck piece. 19th century.
Dimensions: 52 in. x 38 in. / 132 cm. x 96.6 cm. 
$7,500
 
 
 
Apache woven basket olla, well shaped and covered with pitch to make the closely woven basketry watertight. These baskets, and their efficacy, were extremely important to peoples traveling long stretches of almost waterless desert, often on horseback. Some loss of pitch. From Arizona, circa 1870.
Dimensions: 8 in. x 7.5 in / 20.5 cm. x 19 cm. 
$975
 
 
 
"Tourists" sign, painted on both sides with red wood frame. Original condition. America. Circa 1900.
Dimensions: 28 in. x 14 in. / 71.12 cm. x 35.56 cm. 
$2,800
 
 
 
A dense and heavy Indian food pounder from N. California carved from the root of a tree. Circa19th century. Mounted on a custom museum stand. 
Length: 9 in. x 3.5 in. / 22.86 cm. x 8.89 cm. 
$1,300
 
 
 
A Jules Feiffer original cartoon in pencil and ink, titled "A Child's Weapon", undated, but boldly signed in right hand corner. Some dimples in paper. Fantastic piece of social commentary, great artist.
Dimensions: 22.5 in. x 18 in. / 57 cm. x 45.5 cm. 
$5,000
 
 
 
2 old "crooked knives", one with bone, the other with wooden & wrapped copper wire handle, together with a straight example, handle with native string.
These would have been used for carving totem poles, fishing, etc.
Circa late 19th/early 20th century.
Longest Length: 9.5 in. / 24 cm.
$750
 
This bowl found early 1900’s on Catalina. On recto, the steatite bowl has an arrow straightener on its bottom. Only known example of a bowl with this dual use.
Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.
Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 3 in. / 14 cm. x 7.62 cm. // 2 lbs. 6 oz. / 1.05 kg.
$3,800
 
 
 
A mask composed of a wasp nest, beeswax and mixed media. A work of Mariano Chavez, a contemporary Chicago based artist who uses organic and non-organic materials to create powerful masks and figures.
Height: 10 in. / 25.5 cm.
$4,500
 
 
 
Two Anasazi woven sash ends. Extremely fine weaving rivalling any seen in the best baskets of the ages. The balance of the sash was lost in antiquity. These were found in Arizona and are from a collection formed in 1890. Circa 1000 AD. Extremely rare.
Dimensions Larger End:  8.5 in. x 5.5 in. / 21 cm. x 14 cm.
$5,000
 
 
 
48 gambling sticks with "tattooed" engravings. Leather bag. 18th-19th Century. See another example Museum Natural History, NYC, Catalog No: 16.1 / 804 Field No: 63, those identified as Kitikshan, Upper Skeena River.Ex: Larry Frank, Arroyo Hondo, NM; Skip Holbrook, Santa Fe, NM.
Individual Stick Length: 5 in. / 12.7 cm.
$3,500
 
 
 
JAN HAAG - "1979 ARMRESTS, FOR 1964 RIVIERA"
 
Double strand Persian wool on 12 mesh canvas. Continental stitch in all four directions.Approximately 22,104 stitches in the pairEach: 15 in. x 2.75 in x 1 in.A totally improvised pattern exhibiting a subtle tromp l'oeil. At first, the patterns on each armrest for Haag's classic Riviera seem the same, but in fact Haag has playfully varied the proportion of the colors, making each different. Like Native American artists embellishing their saddles with glittering beadwork, Haag chose to adorn her ride with her own handiwork and symbolism."This work is sold as part of a collection"
 
 
 
Steatite quarried on Catalina Island. Double banded collar. Circa 1500 AD or before. Ex. Old California Collection.
Dimensions: 7 in. x 1.5 in. / 17.78 cm. x 3.81 cm. // 13.8 oz. / 392 g.
$3,500
 
 
 
A Hopi Kachina with excellent pigments. Note the unusual decoration along the side of the doll. Circa 1930.
Dimensions: 10 in. x 3 in. / 25.4 cm. x 7.62 cm. 
$2,800
 
 
 
A vintage American soda sign painted on glass. circa 1920 - 1930’s.
Dimensions: 12 in. x 31.5 in. / 30.48 cm. x 80 cm. 
$1,200
 
 
A very large twined burden basket, Shasta/Achumawi/Pit River, Northeastern California. Conical form, starting from a conifer root base, tight diagonal weave, with an overall zig zag meander dark band through the center of the body and three separate areas near the rim representing "quail plumes" design motif. Parallel bankd in different weaving techniques at overcast rim wrapped in redbud. Damage from native wear/use at base of cone, and breaks in stitch within negative portion of rim, fragile. As these work baskets were mostly overlooked by early collectors, they are now rare. From the Wright Family Collection, for whom Wrightwood, California is named. Circa 1900.
Dimensions: 23 in. x 22 in. / 58 cm. x 56 cm. 
$3,500
 
 
A bullroarer made from a flat peel off of a cottonwood tree. The narrow, top end of this artifact would have once displayed a hole, attached to a cord. These were swung around in the air to produce a soft mellow tone, summoning the Spirits, and used in ceremonies, and in some cases as childrens' toys. These are some of the earliest musical instruments.This piece has been tested with improvised duct tape and string, and it still sings as it did 2,500 years ago.
From the very early Fremont culture, or a very late archaic desert people (Basket Maker II). Legally collected from the rear chamber of a cave on private land in the American Southwest. Only a handful of Great Basin bullroarers are known to exist. Beyond rare.
Dimensions: 9.5 in. x 3 in. / 24 cm. x 8 cm. 
$4,500
 
 
 
Four wooden auction paddles with hand painted numbers. Circa 1950 America.
Dimensions: 10 in. x 4.5 in. / 25.4 cm. x 11.43 cm. 
 $375
 
 
 
A heavy steel factory lift table, America 1920’s with 2 cranks, brake, and original yellow paint. On wheels.
Dimension: 30 in. x 26 in. / 82.5 cm. x 66 cm. 
$4,500
 
 
 
2 carnival pieces with bright red paint and eight diamond shapes on each board. These would have been used in a throwing game. Circa 1940, with the look and feel of pioneering mixed-media art work. Ex. Urban Country
Dimensions Board 1: 36 in. x 18 in. / 91 cm. x 46 cm. 
Individual Weight: 3.90 kg. / 8 lbs 10 oz.
$2,500
 
 
Banded slate. Trace of groove for attachment.Ex. Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.
Dimensions: 4.25 in. x 1.5 in. / 10.80 cm. x 3.81 cm. // 3.5 oz. / 100 g.
$950
 
 
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