Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 35

Lot 35

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

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
Lot 35 Details
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), Cape Dorset / Kinngait


stone, antler
signed in syllabics, 1990
21.5 x 12 x 3.5 in — 53 x 30.5 x 8.9 cm

Estimate $25,000-$35,000

Lot Report

Additional Images
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • 3D Image

Images Boréales, Montreal, 1990


“In green steatite and caribou antler, ... a piece of exquisite grace, fragility and refinement, full of poetic truthfulness that only a lifetime’s (Osuitok was already in his late 60s when he made it) study of both the animal’s anatomy and spirit could bring about – that famous story of James and Alma Houston’s visit to his igloo in 1951 and finding its ceiling plastered with animal and bird illustrations out of books – makes absolute sense in the face of this piece.” (200)


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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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