Inuit Art Auction

June 02, 2014

LOT 131
  • IYOLA KINGWATSIAK (1933-2000)


IYOLA KINGWATSIAK (1933-2000), E7-914, Cape Dorset


1959, 30/30
18" x 6" — 45.7 x 15.2 cm.

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $6,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium


The John and Mary Robertson collection, CA,
by descent to present owner

John and Mary Robertson started the Robertson Galleries in Ottawa in 1953 working tirelessly to promote Inuit art tocollectors all over the world. They purchased art directly from artists in the Arctic for both the gallery and their own collection. Mary Robertson was director of fine arts at the Canadian Arctic Producers from 1976 to 1979 and marketing consultant for the National Museums of Canada from 1979 to 1981. John Robertson was the administrative officer for the National Gallery and it was during this time that he desired to be more a part of the cultural and aesthetic aspect of the art world. He also was a member of the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council. Their impact as pioneers in the appreciation and understanding of Inuit carvings as art earned them the reputation as having one of the top galleries to exhibit Inuit art. Several pieces included in this auction were exhibited in Selections from The John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Sculpture at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston in 1986.

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Cape Dorset, Cape Dorset / Kinngait
Signature: Disc Number
Works on Paper: Stonecut