Sharp's Crow Encampment makes $309,000

Joseph Henry Sharp's Crow Encampment led an auction of Western and Native American art at Cowan's on September 20 in Cincinnati. It sold for $309,000 - an increase of 209% on its $100,000 high estimate.

The painting dates from 1902 and shows an encampment of Plains Indians. Sharp was a well-known chronicler of Native American customs and cultural life. Another piece by Sharp, Pueblo Drummer, realised an impressive $99,000.

Sharp Crow Encampment
Sharp rarely painted plains encampment scenes

Sharp's paintings often sell in the six-figure range. Squaw Winter remains his highest selling work - it achieved $1.1m in 2004.  

The auction also featured a selection of pieces from the Marvin L Lince collection - including a Great Lakes tomahawk with a brass and silver inlay that sold for $93,000 against an estimate of $50,000-70,000.

Great Lakes tomahawk
The tomahawk dates to the 19th century

A dag knife and sheath, made by Blackfeet Indians and once the property of Chief Crow Foot, also sold for an impressive $78,000.

Crow Foot was a renowned warrior who took part in a number of tribal battles. In 1870, when he became chief, he made peace with his Cree neighbours and welcomed the Northwest Mounted Police to Blackfoot territory.  

A Red River Metis quilted hide knife sheath and dag knife brought $54,000 - towards the upper end of its $45,000-55,000 valuation. The knife was likely a presentation gift from a Native American chief to a British official.

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