Lot 102: Nine books on pre-Columbian art

Turner Auctions and Appraisals LLC

November 13, 2016
South San Francisco, CA, US

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Description: The Smoking Gods, 1978, Francis Robicsek; Teotihuacan - Art from the City of the Gods, 1993, Kathleen Berrin and Esther Pasztory, editors; Ancient West Mexico - Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, 1998, Richard F. Townsend, editor; The Ancient Americas - Art from Sacred Landscapes, 1992, Richard F. Townsend, editor; The Face of Ancient America, 1988, Lee A. Parsons et al; Mexico - Journey to the Lands of the Gods, Art Treasures from Ancient Mexico, 2002, Felipe Solis and Ted Leyenaar; The Sport of Life and Death - the Mesoamerican Ballgame, 2001, E. Michael Whittington, editor; The Olmec World - Ritual and Rulership, 1995, Michael D. Coe et al; Masters of the Americas - In Praise of the Pre-Columbian Artists, the Dora and Paul Janssen Collection, 2005, Genevieve Le Fort, editor
Provenance: Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the library and selected artifacts from the personal collection of Jim Haas, the noted, long-time specialist in Native American and Ethnographic Arts, who recently retired from Bonhams after 31 years with the company and its predecessor.  The sale also includes property from a major Southwest museum and estates of two long-time collectors:  the Furgatch Collection features contemporary Southwest pottery; the Nancy Florsheim Estate, Part 2, offers contemporary and prehistoric pottery and Southwest jewelry.  
Notes: “Please note that the various books, catalogues, and periodicals included in this lot are from a working reference library dealing with African, Oceanic, Southeast Asian tribal art, pre-Columbian art, Oriental rugs, fine art and photography. I used them during my professional career and as a private collector who bought and sold at auction. The variety here represents decades of searching out the literature that best enabled me to perform my duties as an auction house appraiser and cataloguer while keeping abreast of pricing and the current market demand. That said, potential bidders should be aware that in general, the various volumes are in good, serviceable condition. Some are excellent, others are poor. For a condition report on specific titles, please contact Turner Auctions and Appraisals.”
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