LOT 014

1920 - 1998

Killer Whale on Clan Hat
jade patina bronze and mahogany base
on verso signed, editioned 1/9, dated 1986 - 1991 on the underside of the tail and inscribed with the Tallix foundry stamp
19 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 12 5/8 in 49.5 x 29.8 x 32.1 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver
Acquired from the above by a Private Collection, Vancouver, 1995
Private Collection, Vancouver

Robert Bringhurst, The Black Canoe: Bill Reid and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii, 1991, a photograph of Bill Reid carving the Killer Whale form reproduced page 139

One of the principal figures in the revival of Haida art, Bill Reid was a master of form and Haida myth in his sculpture, and his work has become legendary. Killer Whale on Clan Hat is one of a few limited edition sculptures produced from elements of Reid’s iconic monumental bronze work The Spirit of Haida Gwaii; in this work Reid uses the Killer Whale form that was atop the Chief’s staff. This form evolved from drawings in 1986, then in 1991 the developed plaster model of the killer whale for the staff was put aside, and Reid had a new version modeled in wax by George Rammell. One of Reid’s strongest recurrent animal totems, the killer whale is an important figure in Haida mythology – a symbol of power and beauty, considered the chief of sea beings in the undersea realm. Carved wooden clan hats with house crests were used by house-group leaders during important ceremonies. This fine sculpture embodies Reid’s use of Haida traditional form expressed through a streamlined, contemporary elegance of line.

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Buschlen Mowatt Gallery.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

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