Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 205

Lot 205

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
Lot 205 Details
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), Cape Dorset / Kinngait


stone, ivory
c. 1970
21 x 19 x 6 in — 53.3 x 48.3 x 15.2 cm

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $16,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)

Waddington’s Auctioneers, Toronto, March 1980, Lot 82
Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, 1987
Corporate Collection, Toronto


“When John and Alma Houston traveled to Cape Dorset in the 1950s, they were told by the Inuit themselves that Osuitok was the finest artist on the south Baffin Coast. This local opinion is shared universally as Osuitok has become one of the best known and most admired of the contemporary Inuit sculptors.

...His subject matter is as remarkably broad as his style, ranging from naturalistic depictions of animals and narrative scenes to wonderful abstract compositions. His sculpture is characterized by a careful balancing of mass, fine surface finish and delicate detailing.”

The Ryan Collection, Feheley Fine Arts, May 1998


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LOT 205

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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