Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017


Lot 18A

MARY QAYUARYUK (1908-1982)

MARY QAYUARYUK (1908-1982)
Lot 18A Details
MARY QAYUARYUK (1908-1982), E7-1012, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


c. 1970
4.75" x 4" x 1.5" — 12.1 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm.

Estimate $400-$600

Realised: $660
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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MARY QAYUARYUK (1908-1982)
  • MARY QAYUARYUK (1908-1982)

The Sparham Collection of Inuit Art, Wales, U.K.


It is almost inconceivable that these two birds were not crafted by the hands of Latcholassie or his father Tudlik. The big legs, wide circular eyes positioned atop the subtle protrusion of a beak emphasized by an upside down “V” are characteristics these artists have made their signature. However, Mary who was perhaps less prolific but produced carvings and graphics during the same period, carved similar looking birds. It is not for us to say who came up with the “look” first but easy to assume that inspiration or collaboration might have occurred over the years between these artists.


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  • 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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