First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 54

Lot 54


Lot 54 Details
GARNER MOODY (1958-), Haida, Skidegate


signed and dated 1985
7 x 4 x 1.75 in — 17.8 x 10.2 x 4.4 cm

Estimate $1,800-$2,400

Realised: $2,160
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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  • GARNER MOODY (1958-)
  • GARNER MOODY (1958-)
  • GARNER MOODY (1958-)

a B.C. private collection


The nephew of the famous carver Rufus Moody (1923-1998), Moody began to carve argillite at age fifteen. In 1987 he moved to Vancouver where he was invited to work on Bill Reid’s famous Lootaas Canoe. Moody lives on Haida Gwaii where he carves argillite and cedar, and makes jewellery. He was one of six artists invited to carve poles for the Haida Cultural Centre in Skidegate. His Ts’aahl Pole was raised in 2001.

Although flat at the back, Totemic Figure has more the look and feel of a sculpture than a plaque. Its proportions feel expansive as well; one can imagine it being carved as a large cedar sculpture. The work represents a beaver; interestingly the tail’s crosshatch texture is echoed on the animal’s incisors.

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LOT 54

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 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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