First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019


Lot 3


Lot 3 Details
HENRY EVALUARDJUK (1923-2007), E5-846, Frobisher Bay / Iqaluit


late 1950's
2.75 x 6 x 1.5 in — 7 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm

Estimate $800-$1,200

Realised: $3,120
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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  • HENRY EVALUARDJUK (1923-2007)
  • HENRY EVALUARDJUK (1923-2007)
  • HENRY EVALUARDJUK (1923-2007)
  • HENRY EVALUARDJUK (1923-2007)

a Quebec private collection; purchased in Igloolik


Henry Evaluardjuk was born in the Igloolik area, but spent much of his young adult life travelling to the neighbouring communities of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay. Likewise, after he moved to Pond Inlet in 1952 he continued to make lengthy trips to the other communities. Evaluardjuk had began carving in the late 1940s, selling works wherever he happened to be living. After a stay in a southern TB sanatorium he finally settled in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit).

Although unsigned and earlier than other published examples, this superb small sculpture has clear hallmarks of a “Henry bear”: specifically the overall stance, distinctive gait, the slightly turned-in paws, the low extended neck, and the ears.

References: for an early 1960s bear carved by Evaluardjuk at the Hamilton Sanatorium and signed with his disc number see Walker’s May 2017, Lot 2. For an important 1963 example carved in Iqaluit, that is perhaps the prototype of


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  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
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  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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