Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Acquisitions

Mireille asked for a picture of the walrus we bought on the weekend. And here he is...



We now have a shelf of sculptures and carvings. We've actually bought much more than this in our two years up here, but we often give them away as gifts. Our parents have done particularly well. Also, if we stay with friends when travelling we often give a carving as a way of saying thank you. So really, if you want a nice carving, put us up at your place or feed us.

Here's the shelf of carvings...



And this is a wall hanging we have that we're fond of.



Our next acquisition may be something from the Cape Dorset print exhibition showing next month in town. We've gone in previous years and have either not had the money or couldn't agree on a print. This year, miraculous, we have found two that we like. Go here if you want to see the prints that will be available, although we're obviously hoping those prices are for people down south and they will be a little lower here.

The first one we like is Owls Bouquet by Kenojuak Ashevak.



The other is Owls in Moonlight by Ningeokuluk Teevee. We apparently have a thing of owls this year.



Mireille is right...we're going to have quite the collection before we leave the north.

3 comments:

Jen said...

We bought a print last year at the 50/50 sale here. Best decision even though the cost. In many years to come I think it will not only be a wonderful addition to any interior design, but I am positive the value will increase. I have actually seen some of the stone plates they used to make the prints for this year. I am totally bummed though, because my favorite artist passed away a few years ago, so nothing new coming from there. Like your print choices, definately don't hesitate to get one!

Mireille Sampson said...

Love the Narwhal! Those two owls are a tough decision, they're both great.

Jen's also right about the value of prints increasing. The most dramatic increase I know if is - unsurprisingly - a David Blackwood, one of 'em sold of $87,000 t auction (and he's not even dead). I don't know what he originally charged for it, but anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000 I think is a good estimate. That's an extreme, but honestly, why would you want to sell it?

If you buy one and need any advice on conservation minded-framing, just drop me a line.

JohnTH said...

I think you're up to a parliament of owls, not just a thing.