Archive for March, 2018


Taking a Deeper Look at Native American Artifacts

When you visit estate liquidators, you often see a wide variety of art. Native American artifacts have always been a popular choice throughout the world because they are intricate and have a rich history. The key is knowing what you are looking for if you are seeking out pieces that are not only popular but also valuable.


This is a popular type of Native American art that goes back to approximately 1890. They are done by a Sioux-Metis artist from either South Dakota or North Dakota. They feature different materials, such as glass, cotton, tanned leather and brass beads. They have intricate sewing and stitching, as well as specific paintings or drawings on them that are specific to the tribe that they are made for.


This piece of art goes back to about 1850, and while it is simple in terms of its looks, it has deep meaning. The artist for this piece of art is Arikara and when you are looking for this art, you usually find it with tribes associated with North Dakota. The materials that are common with this type art typically include native tanned leather, buffalo rawhide and pigment.

Human Effigy Pipe

This piece of art dates all the way back to approximately between 1100 and 1200 and it might also be referred to as the Morningstar or the Hero Redhorn. Tribes associated with Mississippi are usually those who make this type of art. However, you might also see it among tribes in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Pair of Parfleche Envelopes

This intricate and colorful Native American art was common between 1900 and 1910. The artist for this kind of art is common in tribes in South and North Dakota. They are often referred to as Teton Sioux. The materials that are used to create these might include rawhide, glass beads, metal cones, native tanned leather, porcupine quills and horsehair.

Girl’s Belt

There are a wide array of belts, but those associated with the southern Cheyenne tribes in Oklahoma might be as old as having been made in 1884. Multiple materials are usually combined and could include native tanned leather, glass beads, cowrie shells, bone, pigment, wood beads, metal keys, German silver, metal cones, brass beads, deer’s tail, shell and brass gear. These are often made for the person who is receiving it, so you will find that all of the ones that are available usually look different and utilize a different combination of materials.

As you can see, there are many Native American artifacts that you can find at estate liquidators. Consider the pieces listed above as a starting point as you are looking to learn more about this type of art.


Exploring Popular Mid Century Modern Art

When you are looking for mid century modern art, estate liquidators are a very popular option for finding it. There is so much to know about this type of art, so start with a few of the basics concerning pieces and artists. This will help you to explore some of the foundational elements of this art type.

Hans Wegner

This artist put his talents to use when it comes to furniture. The Danish designer specialized in mid century modern styles and he created a lot of chairs. There are a number of designs and styles that when people see them, they automatically think about Wegner. However, there are a few specific styles that are some of his most popular, and these include:

  • Shell Chair
  • Wishbone Chair
  • Sawbuck Chair
  • Swivel Chair
  • Ox Chair
  • Valet Chair
  • Flag Halyard Chair

Papa Bear Chair

The Papa Bear chair is another creation of Hens Wegner. This style is still very popular today because its looks almost perfectly marry contemporary and retro style. The chair has an armchair look, but the arms leave a gap between the seat of the chair and the bottom of the arms. It comes in a number of colors, and over the years, multiple different fabrics have been used, including leather and suede. In many cases, the chair comes with a matching ottoman, allowing the person sitting in it to kick back and relax.

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman

Tulip Chair

The tulip chair was very popular in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. It has a very retro design and is traditionally made from plastic. It looks similar to a tulip and this is where the name comes from. There is a cushion on the seat of the chair that comes in almost every color and pattern you can imagine.

Louis Kahn

Kahn was an architect whose designs were largely based on this type of art. He created homes that utilized a more modern flair and when you look at them, it is easy to see the influence of this art type. For example, in 1940 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, the artist created Jesse Oser House. At the time, this home was incredibly modern in terms of its overall design. It features clean lines and plenty of windows. Even using today’s standards of modern design, this home would be considered to be modern, so the artist was certainly ahead of his time.

As you can see, this type of art is very diverse and includes everything from architecture to paintings to furniture. Once you learn a little about popular pieces and artists, you will better know what to look for when you visit estate liquidators.


Cool Information About American Artist Percy Gray

Art auctioneers get a chance to explore a vast array of art from all over the world. There are numerous artists and works that they learn about and present to those attending art auctions. One artist that many auctioneers enjoy is Percy Gray, an American artist. If you look at some of his work, you are sure to recognize some pieces since much of his art is very famous. If you are new to art, this is a good artist to start with due to his interesting life, techniques, and vast body of work.

Percy Gray - Mountain Landscape with Cows

PERCY GRAY (Californian 1869 – 1952) “Mountain Landscape with Cows” Watercolor on paper

The Early Life of This Iconic Artist

Percy Gray was born on October 3, 1869 and he hails from San Francisco, California. He was born with the given name Henry, not Percy. His family has a history of being proficient in the arts and in literature. This artist enchanted the world with his art until his death in 1952.

Percy Gray - Majestic Oaks with Poppies

PERCY GRAY (American 1869-1952) “Majestic Oaks with Poppies, 1923,” Watercolor on paper laid to board

A Brief Telling of the Career of Percy Gray

It was approximately 1906 when Gray began his foray into the world of art. He had a career that spanned approximately 4 decades in which he created an array of unique and stunning pieces. In 1907, the Sketch Club hosted an exhibition and this is where Gray first had the chance to show his work to a broad audience. Throughout his career, Gray was a rather focused artist when it comes to style, making it relatively easy to spot his work once you are familiar with it.

He created a variety of landscape works that were described as modernist turmoil in terms of style. Much of his work was focused on his home state of California and the natural beauty that it possessed. He spent a lot of time exploring nature to inspire his works which were said to be poetic reverberations of the nature that he saw. He worked to recreate the nature he saw and had a lot of focus on places that had wooded areas.

Percy Gray - Occidental: Tending the Garden"

PERCY GRAY (Californian 1869-1952) “Occidental: Tending the Garden” Watercolor

He has many famous paintings that you can explore to see more about his style:

-Spring Landscape

-Quarry Near Spring Valley Lakes

-View Through the Trees

-Oaks Near Ranch, Carmel Valley

-Pasture in Spring

-Monterey Dunes

-Mount Tamalpais

-Slanting Oak

-Mt. Tamalpais with Haystacks

-Oak Grove in a Blue Mist

-Distant Hills, California

-Autumn in the Hills

You can certainly see why many art auctioneers are fascinated with the life and work of Percy Gray. He is certainly unique in many ways and created art that has inspired many artists. As you learn more about art and those responsible for it, make sure to take the time to learn more about Gray.

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