Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 94

Lot 94

OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)

OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
Lot 94 Details
OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014), Cape Dorset / Kingait


signed in syllabics
15" x 17" x 12.5" — 38.1 x 43.2 x 31.8 cm.

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $7,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)

Inuit Women Artists, Odette Leroux, et. al, eds., 2006, page 233


Ovilu commented of a similar work during a 1991 interview with Odette Leroux, “right now the bird is my favourite subject to carve. [...] Right now, I like carving birds with the wings spread out. I like to carve the stone very thin on the wings. When I do this, a lot of the stone comes off because I try to take the bulk of the weight off.“ In lot 94, a falcon descends upon its prey, its great carved wings are swept upward to suggest that it was airborne only moments before. Carried out very naturalistically and with great technical ability, this work is surely one of the finest examples of a falcon by the late artist.


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LOT 94

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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