Pauta Saila

Growling Polar Bear

PAUTA SAILA (1916-2009)


c. 1975, signed in syllabics and Roman
17.5" x 13.5" x 8.5" — 44.5 x 34.3 x 21.6 cm.

June 01, 2015

Estimate $35,000-$40,000

Realised: $43,200

Polar bears are like human beings

“I carve bears with longer and shorter necks, some that are fat or lean. They are in different positions because bears are always doing something. Sudden moves are possible with shorter necks. Polar bears are like human beings. If they are not distracted they can see better, even when they move fast”.

Inuit, First Nations & Métis Art

Waddington’s is internationally recognized as one of the leading authorities in marketing Inuit Art. No other auction house has been as intrinsically linked to the development of a market for this art form. From our first landmark auction in 1978 of the William Eccles Collection, Waddington’s has offered thousands of works, set record prices, and expanded the market well beyond Canada’s borders. Our legacy of successful Inuit Art auctions, our ability to achieve continually increasing values and our creation of an international market have been key factors in validating Inuit art as a whole and establishing it as an integral part of the Canadian Art scene.

Meet the Specialist

Duncan McLean
Duncan McLean

President, Senior Specialist

Inuit, First Nations & Métis Art

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