The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
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LOT 217

Lot 217

Unidentified Artist

Unidentified Artist
Lot 217 Details
Unidentified Artist, Pannirtuq (Pangnirtung)


no visible signature; mounted to marble base
14 x 5.25 x 2.75 in — 35.6 x 13.3 x 7 cm

Estimate $700-$900

Realised: $688.80
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Private Collection, Cedarhurst, NY


Sculpted while in residence at the Mountain Sanatorium (now Chedoke Campus) in Hamilton, Ontario, this early standing figure dates circa 1958. Although several well-known artists completed work at the Mountain Sanatorium including Henry Evaluardjuk, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Simon Pov, many of the artworks made there are unsigned and remain unidentified.

The present work by an unknown Pannirtuq (Pangnirtung) artist is distinguished by a lightly stylized form, contrasting surface treatment and a refined, carefully executed face. The scale is notably large for a Mountain Sanatorium work.

Artworks made by patients at the Mountain Sanatorium were the subject of a 2017 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton titled “Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art.”

Sutherland, Caitlin, “Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art”, Inuit Art Quarterly. December 5, 2017
John Ayre, James Houston and the Making of Inuit Art, (North Carolina: McFarland et Company Inc., 2022)

Further Reading:

Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art


Overall good condition. Visible adhesive at juncture of figure to base, some abrasions and imperfections in surface. Some damage to tip of hood.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 217

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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