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Elaborately carved and painted wooden chair with zoomorphic and transformational human imagery - Donald Ellis Gallery

Chair

attributed to Chief Robert Bell (1859 - 1904)
Heiltsuk
Central Coast, British Columbia

ca. 1880-90

wood, blue, black and red pigments

height: 37 ¾"
width: 22 ½"

Inventory # CN3370

Sold

acquired by the Elspeth McConnell Collection, now at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC


PROVENANCE

Attributed to Captain Richard Carpenter (1841-1931), a Bella Bella boat builder and lighthouse keeper at Dryad Point, British Columbia
Pitt-Rivers Collection, England Roy G. Cole Collection, Rosseau, Ontario, Sotheby’s, NY, May 18, 19, 2000, lot 717
Private collection, Tucson, AZ

RELATED EXAMPLES 

Royal British Columbia Museum, no. CPN, 1856 – See: Black, Martha. Bella Bella: A Season of Heiltsuk Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997, fig. 26, for a chief’s settee, signed by the maker