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Southwestern Basketry, Pottery, Jewelry, Rugs & More


Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present a diverse selection of over 175 Native American items from the Southwest, including basketry, jewelry, pottery, rugs, folk art and more. Indigenous peoples represented in the sale include Pima (also known as Akimel O'odham), Papago (also known as Tohono O’odham), Navajo and Hopi. These distinctive offerings come from three main sources:  property deaccessioned from a major Southwestern museum and from the estates of two long-time collectors – Nancy Florsheim of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona; and Margaret Taylor of Flagstaff, Arizona. 

Here is more information on each:

--  The property deaccessioned from a major Southwestern museum features semi-antique basketry from the Pima and Papago, and some beadwork. Highlights include classic Pima baskets with iconic squash blossom designs and other characteristic patterns.

--  Nancy Florsheim amassed one of the best collections of Southwestern pottery in the U.S., according to one expert.  While she often acquired the finest works, she also enjoyed collecting more modest pieces, including those offered in this sale – mostly pottery and folk art – and at prices estimated to be well within most enthusiasts’ means. A regular attendee of the annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nancy Florsheim loved meeting the artists, buying from them directly and supporting their work. Of special note are offerings from well-known potters such as Joy Navasie and Helen Naha. 

--  Margaret Taylor was a teacher for many years near the Hopi and Navajo reservations around Flagstaff, Arizona. She greatly enjoyed meeting weavers and purchasing their wares, thereby helping support their families. A collector for decades, she filled her home with baskets, rugs and other items, adorning it throughout with items on display from her collection. Items offered in this auction – mostly contemporary and post-World War II works – include Navajo and Hopi basketry, rugs, jewelry and pottery. This collection showcases the width and breadth of recent Hopi and Navajo art, stretching its design vocabulary, and reinforcing that this is not a dying art, but one that is vibrant and alive. 

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