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Osuitok Ipeelee, ᐅᓱᐃᑐ ᐃᐱᓕ

WALRUS AND POLAR BEAR CUB


OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), ᐅᓱᐃᑐ ᐃᐱᓕ, CAPE DORSET / KINNGAIT
WALRUS AND POLAR BEAR CUB

stone, ivory, c. 1970

21 x 19 x 6 in — 53.3 x 48.3 x 15.2 cm

Provenance:
Waddington’s Auctioneers, Toronto, March 1980, Lot 82
Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, 1987
Corporate Collection, Toronto


Note:
“When John and Alma Houston traveled to Cape Dorset in the 1950s, they were told by the Inuit themselves that Osuitok was the finest artist on the south Baffin Coast. This local opinion is shared universally as Osuitok has become one of the best known and most admired of the contemporary Inuit sculptors.

...His subject matter is as remarkably broad as his style, ranging from naturalistic depictions of animals and narrative scenes to wonderful abstract compositions. His sculpture is characterized by a careful balancing of mass, fine surface finish and delicate detailing.”

The Ryan Collection, Feheley Fine Arts, May 1998

Estimate: $10,000—15,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2018-11-20 Waddington's 205 10,000 15,000 16,800.00

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