Specializing in Fine Antique American Indian Art & Artifacts
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"Three Watchman" 14' Totem by Francis Horne
We specialize in all North American Indian art and artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
We acquire our material from private estate collections, as well as from public and private institutions nationwide.
We actively sell and buy Navajo rugs and blankets, Indian basketry, Pueblo pottery, Hopi kachina dolls, Northwest Coast Wood, Beaded and Quill decorated Artifacts, and Estate / Old Pawn Indian jewelry.
We also deal in items of the Pacific Northwest and Early Man / Prehistoric artifacts.
We serve the Greater Seattle, Washington area with our gallery and warehouse by appointment only.
Francis Horne Totem Pole
14' x 25" x 16"
This pole use to reside in The Governor Hotel, Portland, Oregon (since renamed The Sentinel Hotel). When the hotel upgraded with a new fire sprinkler system, they had to lower the ceiling and this totem was then too tall to fit. It was sold to a private collector who has recently sold it to AAIA.
The totem is titled "Three Watchmen". The pole represents three watchmen who are positioned to watch over the community. The watchmen are wearing potlatch hats, the rings representing the number of potlatches the family has given. The watchmen are followed by Bear, a crest of Francis Horne's family. The human nestled in the paws of the bear is the carver Francis Horne, the human representation of his family crest.
Horne, b. 1954, is a Coast Salish Native carver living on Vancouver Island in the providence of British Columbia, Canada. His graphic design skills enable him to have a unique style that stands out among today's contemporary Native Northwest Coast carvings. Francis's boyhood dream was to be a a"Native Carver" and so, at the feet of the Elders, he learned the old ways of carving and design. In the great longhouses, he heard the songs and saw the dances of his people, he grew to understand the beauties and subtleties of his culture and manifested his experiences through his carvings.
Francis Horne has become an internationally acclaimed artist with pieces in private collections around the world. He completed a major carving for the Canadian High Commission in Singapore and created a piece owned by former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan. The Variety Club International commissioned a pole for the Stanley Park Children's Zoo in Vancouver. The City of Duncan, B.C. is home to five of Francis's poles, one of which is an extremely rare entrance pole. Horne also has work in the collections of Japan, Germany and Switzerland, as well as many pieces installed in various cities in Canada and the U.S.
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Navajo Saxony Serape
Museum Featured Artifact
Bella Bella Frontlet; 8 3/4" h 6"w x 7" deep. Raven with Sun in mouth. Late 19th century. With large Raven central figure with long beak; with striking abalone shell inset, most of which have drilled holes; attached with hide glue. Glass mirror eyes. With Early paint. Excellent overall Condition. NFS
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