Spring Inuit Auction

April 30, 2012

LOT 183

Lot 183


Lot 183 Details
OSUITOK IPEELEE (1923-2005), E7-1154, Cape Dorset


skin stencil
1959, 25/30
8.5" x 19.5" — 21.6 x 49.5 cm.

Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Realised: $12,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


“Few artists of any culture have been able to move fluently from one medium to another and back again retaining their power of statement as they go; Oshaweetok of Cape Dorset is one of them. He was already known as a sculptor of remarkable power when he made this sealskin stencil print, Four Musk-oxen in 1959, setting down the great weight and strength of these beasts so that they fill the page as they would dominate the view of an onlooker in nature. They are seen with hunter’s eyes, if you like: in flight, but potent and dangerous to approach. They are also graceful in the extreme, prey possessed of mysterious beauty worthy of respect”. - Barrie Hale, reproduced from Sotheby’s Toronto, Important Inuit & Indian Art catalogue, 1981.


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LOT 183

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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