Model Totem Poles: Tradition and Transformation

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September 01, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

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Lot 2

ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS) (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw

ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS)  (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw
Lot 2 Details
ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS) (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw


cedar wood, pigments
signed, titled, and dated on verso
22.5 x 13 x 5.5 in — 55.2 x 33 x 14 cm

Estimate $4,000-$5,000

Realised: $7,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS)  (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw
  • ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS)  (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw
  • ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS)  (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw
  • ELLEN NEEL (KAKASO'LAS)  (1916–1966), Kwakwakaʼwakw
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Private collection, Ontario


Related Works:
Nuytten, Phil, The Totem Carvers: Charlie James, Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, (Vancouver: Hazeldine Press, 1982), p. 63.


Small water blemishes around bottom edge of base, minor loss to upper corner of base, minor imperfections, overall very good condition.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.


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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