Inuit Art Auction

November 21, 2017

LOT 35

Lot 35

JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)

JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
Lot 35 Details
JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985), ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ , Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq


stroud, felt, thread
signed in syllabics
12 x 12.5 in — 30.5 x 31.8 cm

Estimate $3,000-$4,000

Realised: $4,320
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Considered one of Canada’s foremost Inuit artists, Oonark created magnificent wall hangings of every size, including the unparalleled 12’ x 19’ tapestry which hangs in the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Her lovely placemat sized textiles are no less captivating. This one has strong female imagery indicated by the tattooed face and ulu shapes, and a connection to the natural world with the four attentive birds.


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LOT 35

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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