Lot 13

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) Pipe Bags c. 1908

Estimate: $2,400 - $4,400

Bid Increments

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$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
Featured in this lot is this photogravure called "Pipe Bags," circa 1908 by artist Edward S. Curtis born in 1868 and died in 1952. The artwork features a wonderfully and professionally crafted photogravure construction printed on a Japanese vellum paper that features three pipe bags that are highly beaded and shows a variety of lengths of fringe, this is an original photogravure that features the artist hand signed signature in the bottom right hand corner and shows a blind stamp in the bottom left hand corner that reads as follows: Copyrighted 1908 by E.S. Curtis. The photogravure is also marked above the blind stamp 'X2498-08.' Edward Sheriff Curtis was born in February, 1868 in White Water, Wisconsin. The Curtis family moved soon thereafter to Minnesota, and he grew up near the Chippewa, Menomini, and Winnebago Indian tribes. Curtis' interest in photography started in his teens when he built his own crude cameras and taught himself photography from self-help guides. Edward Sherriff Curtis was an American photographer and ethnologist whose work focused on the American West and on Native American people. The condition of this original photogravure is fair to good with some slight staining to the right hand side of the print and to the left bottom corner of the print but otherwise shows fair to good overall condition. The measurements of this bordered original print is 15" x 12 3/8" the visible art measures 7 7/8" x 5 3/4". Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector, Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, which was both part museum and gallery.