Model Totem Poles: Tradition and Transformation

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Lot 6

CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS) (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw

CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS)  (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw
Lot 6 Details
CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS) (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw


cedar wood, pigment
signed on verso, ca. 1920
14 x 8.5 x 3 in — 35.6 x 21.6 x 7.6 cm

Estimate $1,500-$2,500

Realised: $1,440
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS)  (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw
  • CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS)  (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw
  • CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS)  (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw
  • CHARLIE JAMES (YAKUQLAS)  (1867-1938), Kwakwaka'wakw
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Private collection, Toronto


Related Works:
Hall, Michael D., Pat Glascock, Carvings and Commerce: Model Totem Poles 1880-2010, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011), p. 111, pl. 82.
Nuytten, Phil, The Totem Carvers: Charlie James, Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, (Vancouver: Hazeldine Press, 1982), p. 17-18, 22.


Minor imperfections, overall very good condition.

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  • 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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