Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More Woodland Auction Paddles

Found 2 stunning antique paddles dated to circa 1860 from the Stair Galleries auction site (May 23, 2009 Past Auction catalogue). Both of these beautiful paddles dramatically exceeded their estimated price value so there seems to be a market of enthusiastic paddle collectors out there.

circa 1860
74 x 6 1/2 in.
Estimate : $500 - $700
Realized : $1,600
Traces of red and grey paint. Engraved and stained decoration of top of grip

Feb 2017 Update: This paddle has been relisted and sold. Additional photos of the paddle including alternate views of the grip design can be seen in this post here

Circa 1860
5 ft. 3 3/4 in.
Estimate : $700 - $900
Realized : $2,500
This paddle was collected in the St. John's River area of New Brunswick, Canada. Floral designs are incised on the top. 

The two pieces in question were featured in Pleasing the spirits : a catalogue of a collection of American Indian art by Ewing, Douglas C (1982) - plates 473 & 474. Luckily one copy of this out of print exhibit catalogue was available at the Toronto Reference Library where I went to find some extra information. The black and white pics included a closeup of the floral carving details etched on the grip of the 2nd paddle not featured on the auction images.

Basic Floral Etchings on grip

Really dig this unique stepped grip shape, quite different than others I've seen so far and I think this replica will be added to my ever growing "to-do" list of historic paddles.

1 comment:

Ed said...

Thought you might be interested in the following link that tells about a series of previously unseen objects in UK that will be on display this summer. Take note of the "Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Dance Paddle, Early- mid 19th century (Horniman Museum)".


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