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Last Chance Passed Lots Auction: October 28th, 2022

Mon, Oct 24, 2022 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 03:00PM EDT
Lot 740

"War Chief", Glass Etching by Bill O'Neill

Estimate: $300 - $600

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For your consideration is an original glass etching of "War Chief" by Montana artist Bill O'Neill (1926-1999). O'Neill's own description of this piece states, "The War Chief is a Sioux warrior. The Sioux Indians were the same tribe who fought General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, wiping out his entire command of over 265 men. This Chieftain is 'dressed-out' in Sioux-Cheyenne Indian garb. Actually, the Sioux Nation is broken into seven sub-tribes, (the Blackfoot, etc.)...These seven tribes belong to a family called "Teton Lakota". "Sioux" means "Snake", and was bestowed upon them by their Red Brothers to the East, as a warning to the encroaching white trappers. A Sioux on the ground was just another tough Indian, but put a good war 'hoss' under a score of them, and "Watch out entire U. S. of A. Army!!!!!" They, and most of the rest of their Red Brothers, at least, were equals to history's best cavalry my opinion, they were the best!!!!" Bill O'Neill originals are actually a compilation of little tiny ''dots''. This form of art is called ''Pointillism'' and due to the tediousness, patience and time required, pointillism is a seldom seen form of artistic expression. His originals measuring 30'' x 40'' took approximately a year to complete''. The artwork is etched directly in the glass with a black backing. This etching has been professionally mounted in a rustic barnyard distressed solid wood, glass enclosed frame, the title is affixed to the front with a brass coloured placard. The inside trim is hand painted grey. The piece is in overall good condition, no marring noted. Visible art measures 18"W x 22.5"L, frame measures 24.75"W x 29.25"L