July 10th, 2020 Of the Moment - (Un) Dyed in the Wool: Natural Navajo Weavings 1880-1940
July 10, 2020
From eye catching graphic designs to subtle gradations of grey, we are pleased to present a collection of antique and vintage Navajo weavings in natural wool. A weaver demonstrates skill not only in the fineness of the actual weaving, but with the careful selection, carding and matching of wool from different sheep. Nowhere is that skill more apparent than in uniform expanses of creamy whites or when a delicate ombre is achieved with shades of grey. All of the weavings in this group were made between 1880-1940 and display a truly refined aesthetic sensibility, allowing them to look at home in the most contemporary of settings. While some of the weavings in this collection have intricate designs, all of them exude a feeling of calm. These days, that’s something we can all flock to.
June 18th, 2020: Sonwai
June 18, 2020
High above the dusty plains of Northeastern Arizona sits the village of Hotevilla, perched on the edge of Second Mesa with views that span hundreds of miles, looking towards the San Francisco peaks in the distance. This is the home of Hopi master jeweler Verma Nequatewa, and where she creates her exquisite pieces in gold and silver, using her artistic moniker, Sonwai. Sonwai is the inheritor of the artistic tradition begun by her uncle Charles Loloma, with whom she worked for many years, and whose studio she now calls her own. But her work is distinctly her own, and continues to grow and evolve, making her one of the most desired artists for collectors of cutting edge Native jewelry. Many of her designs incorporate tufa casting, which, combined with precious materials from around the world, give an organic feel not often found in contemporary jewelry. For more than 10 years, Shiprock Santa Fe has hosted an opening for Sonwai on the eve of SWAIA’s Indian Market. This year, we will continue our yearly celebration of Sonwai’s artistic prowess, although Indian Market will exist this year only on-line. We present this collection as a prelude to her opening, and with the sincere wish that you will all be able to join us in, either virtually or in person, in August to celebrate the work of this extraordinary woman.
June 10th, 2020: Fathers Day Gift Guide
June 10, 2020
For the upcoming celebration of Father's Day, Shiprock Santa Fe’s gift guide has offerings as unique as the special man in your life. Patinated leather, rough wood, simple silver and historical objects: some wearable, some utilitarian, and some with a story to tell. From cufflinks to kachinas, we filled this collection with objects of beauty and usefulness to adorn his workspace, his home and himself.
May 28th, 2020: Of the Moment - Navajo & Pueblo Necklaces
May 28, 2020
From delicate to jaw dropping and from organic to refined, this weeks curated collection highlights the southwestern necklace in many of its forms. Carved Zuni fetishes, old car battery casings, polished pieces of shell and minuscule hand hammered gold beads are just some of the materials found in this group of necklaces. Truly expansive in its variety, some of the highlights of this group include the hand rolled beads from Santo Domingo master Charles Lovato, the organic cascade of turquoise in our necklace of antique joclas, and that elusive favorite of Southwest aesthetes: the Pueblo cross necklace.
May 21st, 2020: Treasures from the Vault
May 21, 2020
From buttons to beads and from conchos to ketohs, we are excited to share with you some of our favorite pieces of vintage and antique jewelry from “the vault”. Tucked away and under lock and key is an old safe door from a long forgotten bank, hand painted with a clipper ship. This is our vault and where we keep some very special pieces. Not all of our jewelry is on our website, so we decided this week to share some previously unlisted pieces from the archives. Ranging from quirky to phenomenal, this collection of early Navajo jewelry is united by the individuality of each piece. From a rare child’s ketoh to the splendor of a First Phase concho belt, it is finally time to let these treasures out of the vault.
May 14th, 2020: Cast Away! - Native Cast Jewelry
May 14, 2020
Native American cast jewelry is traditionally produced by pouring molten metal into molds carved out of sandstone or the softer tufa, a stone formed from organic ash. Whereas stamps can be used hundreds of times on countless pieces of jewelry, casts made of sandstone or tufa have a very limited lifespan. Each mold only survives a handful of castings, while some artists, like Aaron Anderson, uses them only once, so that each piece is unique. In early Navajo cast work, you can almost see the molten ore in the sinuous designs. Later pieces have a sculptural quality hard to achieve with other techniques: from the organic simplicity of Charles Loloma to the exuberance of Tony Abeyta’s monumental cuff, this is truly wearable art.
May 7th, 2020: From Wrenches to Rainbows - Navajo Pictorial Weavings
May 7, 2020
Pictorial textiles are truly representational in capturing distinct moments and experiences; the forms and stories depicted are as varied as the experience of each weaver. Many pictorial weavings were special commissions, and have names, important dates or a ranches own cattle brand. Some are inspired by daily life on the reservation, by the natural landscape, local flora and fauna, even the weavers own tools. Many others find inspiration in the unseen, with depictions of mythological beings, of old stories, and of faith. This collection shows the unbridled imagination of Navajo artists, using wool, wefts and warps as their canvas, weavers have imagined multitudes of experiences.
April 30th, 2020: 20th Century Navajo Silver Bracelets
April 30, 2020
Stamped, twisted, cast, chiseled, hammered and swedged: the language used to describe the manipulation of silver in this collection references the implicit force used in silversmithing, but belies the delicacy of the finished product. From the sleek modernism of the White Hogan artists to the chiseled simplicity of early Navajo work and the classic pictorial stamps of later pieces, this group focuses on the most versatile form of jewelry...the bracelet. This collection has examples of the wide range of forms and techniques that Native American silver work used throughout the twentieth century. Suitable for men as well as women, for bohemians as much as businesspeople, the designs in this selection of vintage bracelets are varied and versatile, but above all, timeless.
April 23rd, 2020 - Woven Wonders: Native Basketry of the American West
April 23, 2020
Basketry is an art form that has developed from a myriad of utilitarian styles as varied as the cultures who produce them. From the gathering trays of the Pima to the peach baskets of the Hopi, most basketry styles originated from specific cultural and environmental conditions. This collection features baskets from different Native peoples across the western United States, dating from the late 19th century to the present day. Woven from tender willow branches, cornhusks, yucca fibers, sumac, devils claw, sedge and other foraged materials, they bring an organic feeling, a softness, to any interior. From simple miniature burden baskets to the most exquisite pictorial tray, the uniting theme of this collection is the creative use of humble materials.
April 16th, 2020: Of the Moment - Channel Inlay
April 16, 2020
Channel inlay is an art form born of necessity, of deprivation. It is a laborious technique developed to optimize scraps, a way to use the remainders of more desirable, larger cuts. Evolving from humble beginnings, it has become a distinct and elevated art form. This style is most closely associated with the artists of Zuni Pueblo, but as is reflected in this collection, it is also used by Hopi and Navajo jewelers. This technique celebrates design and technical proficiency, and is used in the elaboration of abstract and figurative designs, ranging from geometric forms to detailed representations of mythical figures. Beginning in the 1950’s, Zuni artists began depicting popular cartoon characters, executed in semi-precious stones. Today, these Zuni Toons are one example of the wide variety of channel inlay styles coveted by collectors.
April 9th, 2020 - Agate Jewelry
April 9, 2020
In the 1930’s and 1940’s, with restrictions on turquoise mining due to World War II, Native artists began using petrified wood and other types of agate in jewelry. It is a material found in prehistoric southwestern jewelry, and exists in deposits all over the west. Agate jewelry experienced a resurgence in the 1970’s, fitting perfectly with the organic, abstracted designs of cutting edge artists like Charles Loloma. Contemporary jewelers continue to use this versatile and varied mineral, finding the smoky subtlety of colors equally pleasing with both gold and silver.
April 1st, 2020 - Saddle Blankets
April 1, 2020
Coveted by ethnographic collectors, Navajo saddle blankets have been continuously produced for both Navajo use and trade for more than 160 years. During the early 20th century, Navajo saddle blankets were preferred by horsemen above all others. Today saddle blankets find use as floor rugs, wall hangings, and for special occasion under the saddle. Collectors appreciate the unique, timeless Navajo aesthetic displayed by the juxtaposition of simple open fields contrasted by elaborate borders, decorative accents, and bisected design planes. At Shiprock we like to imagine the blankets as they were used in the early 20th century, hanging on corral gates and in the barn, but their sophisticated artistry and handmade feel truly complement any modern setting.
March 17th, 2020, Of the Moment: Turquoise Rings
March 17, 2020
For this collection, we are pleased to celebrate the changing of the season, the storing away of gloves and mittens and letting our hands see the sun again. Spring is here and we are showing off our rings! We are pleased to add a selection of vintage beauties to the website, with a wide range of techniques and styles. In this group there are options for all tastes, from a cluster ring with forty individual bezel set pieces of turquoise to a Zuni channel inlay that calls to mind the scales of a fish, and turquoise cabochons cut and shaped into teardrops, octagons, and ovals. One of our favorite aspects of vintage turquoise is the variety and depth of color. Stones with rich hues ranging from the bright green of budding leaves to the cerulean blue of the high desert skies of New Mexico, these rings will bring a flash of color and history to your hand.
February 20th, Banded Blankets
February 19, 2020
There is a word in Diné, diyugi, which has been translated as “fluffy” or “soft,” but which is commonly used to reference a type of weaving, the everyday blanket. In this collection, we present a group of banded blankets of both Pueblo and Navajo origin. While there are certain characteristics associated with either weaving tradition, we are focusing on the commonalities rather than the differences. These blankets are made of softly woven, handspun wool, and find patterns in compound stripes, using the limited range of dyes available at that time period. This collection dates from the waning of the 19th century, and harkens to the moments of everyday life encapsulated by these objects. In terms of design, they speak to a different sensibility, to an appreciation of a simplicity of form, with a celebration of negative space. The very fact that these blankets have survived for more than a century attests to the fact that while they were everyday objects, they are anything but ordinary.
January 31st, 2020: Of the Moment, High Desert Coral
January 31, 2020
We are pleased to present to you a spectacular collection of jewelry from some of our favorite artists. The uniting theme in this collection by Native jewelers is the use of coral. Coral, especially in its deep red form, traditionally has strong associations with love, wealth, fertility and as a protective charm. While coral has been used for hundreds of years in the Southwest, first arriving with the Spanish, for this collection we have focused on the luminaries of 20th and early 21st century jewelry. From Lovato to Yazzie, and from Leekya to Loloma, this collection is Southwestern jewelry at its most refined.
January 16th, 2020 - Germantown Textiles
January 14, 2020
Germantown, Pennsylvania was founded in 1683, and from its very beginning was a center of textile production, but it wasn’t until the Civil War that it became known for industrial wool mills. As textile mills proliferated, “Germantown” became synonymous with worsted weight 4 ply wool, and this high quality yarn began to be shipped around the country. Although the Diné first began using machine milled yarn during their imprisonment at Bosque Redondo, it was the arrival of the railroad to the reservation in the 1880’s that spurred an explosion of Navajo Germantown weavings in the 1880-1890’s, and the vast majority of extant weavings date from this period. One of the most lauded type of Navajo weavings, Germantown eye-dazzlers are characterized by intricate and colorful designs, often incorporating serrated diamonds as decorative elements. Having access to store bought wool meant that weavers didn’t have to prepare the wool, and were able to dedicate more energy to detailed and time intensive designs.
December 19th, Of the Moment: McKee Platero
December 18, 2019
We are pleased to offer a rare treat for the holiday season: a collection of jewelry by legendary Navajo silversmith Mckee Platero. Mckee Platero is one of the most sought after contemporary Native silversmiths. Collectors prize his heavy gauge repoussé, original designs and exquisite stampwork. This group is vintage Mckee, and came to us from a private collection where it has been treasured for many years.
December 11th, 2019: A Group of Extraordinary Objects
December 11, 2019
As the year rounds to a close, and we are presented with best- of lists and curated gift guides, we reflected on pieces that have moved us and chose a group of personal favorites for this collection. No single unifying theme, only that each piece is extraordinary. From the buttery leather of a hundred year old bandolier bag to the burnished ochre of Diego Romero’s newest masterpiece, each object in this group is from a distinct moment in Southwestern history. A technicolor Childs blanket from the 1870’s, and a 1960’s lapis necklace which gently rests on the clavicle, this collection speaks to the ability of art to transcend trends as well as time, and show that true treasures are forever pieces.
December 4th, 2019 Of the Moment, Blue Gem Turquoise
December 3, 2019
Blue Gem turquoise was discovered in 1934 in Nevada, and quickly became popular for its distinctive deep color, and gem quality stone. One of the most recognizable types of turquoise, it is prized by collectors and jewelers alike. We are pleased to present this collection, which features early unidentified jewelers alongside known and collected masters of the mid 20th century. The work in this group represents a variety of styles and techniques, from channel inlay to intricate silverwork and repousse, and serves to highlight the predominate fashions in Native silverwork of the mid 20th century.
November 14th, Of the Moment - Cross Textiles
November 14, 2019
With this exquisite collection, we celebrate a truly universal design in an iconic form. Representative of a positive force or seen as a directional symbol, among the Diné it is referred as a Spider Woman’s Cross. In Navajo oral traditions, Spider Woman taught the Navajo to weave by constructing a loom made of earth and sky cords. Crosses are a favored motif for weavers and are found on Navajo weavings from the Classic period to contemporary times. This collection focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the beginning of the Trading Post Era and the development of styles and color combinations that have become synonymous with Navajo weaving.
Richard Chavez, Master Jeweler
October 23, 2019
We are pleased to offer you an incredible selection from master jeweler Richard Chavez. Richard Chavez was born in 1949 and raised in San Felipe Pueblo, along the banks of the Rio Grande. His work, keeping with the belief system of his community, is non-representational, instead relying on his exquisite craftsmanship and lapidary work. In the 1970s, Richard worked as an architectural draftsman for Harvey S. Hoshour, as well as attending UNM’s School of Architecture. These experiences greatly influenced his aesthetic as well his artistic process.To this day, every piece which he creates begins as a carefully drawn diagram, and Chavez continues to cite Bauhaus and Van der Rohe as inspirations for his jewelry. Richard Chavez’s work uses innovative materials that are painstakingly selected, piecing stones of irregular lengths and widths to create practically seamless creations, which are distinctly contemporary but celebrate the beauty of organic materials.
Leekya Deyuse: Master Zuni Carver
August 24, 2019
Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966) is perhaps one of the most famous and sought after Zuni Fetishists of all time. His animal figures, necklaces and turquoise figurines that are still distinctive among fetish carvings and highly valued. He is shown in museums and collections throughout the nation because of his exquisite craftsmanship and artistry.
Sonwai & Ken Williams Jr., Indian Market 2019
August 15, 2019
Phillip Vigil, Indian Market Show 2019
August 14, 2019
Diego Romero, Indian Market Show 2019
August 13, 2019
Beautiful Blue Rings, August 29th, 2019
July 29, 2019
We are pleased to present some of our prettiest blue turquoise rings in a variety of shapes and sizes!
May 21st, 2019: Of the Moment Plains & Plateau Beadwork
May 21, 2019
We are pleased to announce a special group of Native American beaded objects from a Santa Fe collection. All of the pieces in this collection date from the late 19th and early 20th century, and mark a transitional period from items of personal use to beaded items made for sale. Some items are ethnographic, such as the strike-a-light bag made to carry flint, but the stars of this collection are the handbags, which are completely beaded in intricate Central Plains beadwork. In a time of upheaval and uncertainty, Native artists of the Plains improvised with traditional techniques and innovative materials to create portable masterpieces that celebrated traditional arts as well as appealing to a wider audience. This collection has examples of quillwork, Chippewa Ojibwe floral scrollwork, and traditional Lakota geometric as well as pictorial beadwork.
February 21st, Of the Moment: Southwestern Belt Buckles
February 21, 2019
We are thrilled to present a huge group of vintage belt buckles and ranger sets in our featured Of the Moment collection. This selection draws from several different artistic traditions, ranging from early Navajo cast buckles, commemorative rodeo pieces and beautifully inlaid Zuni ranger sets. This group also reflects our continuing effort to represent the finest Southwestern artists of the 20th century, including Charles Loloma, Kenneth Begay and Julian Lovato. With over a hundred pieces to choose from, and a variety of price points, we like to think that there is something for everyone, so please enjoy the collection!
January 2019 OTM Navajo Spoons 1900-1950
January 18, 2019
In the last decade of the 19th century, a craze for collecting souvenir spoons began spreading across the US. Originally thought to have originated in Europe, the craze was helped along by the Chicago World Fair, and the crash of the silver market in 1893. This moment in history coincided with the expansion of the railroads out west, and the first commercial tourism to the southwest. The Native silversmiths of the southwest, Pueblo and Navajo artists, capitalized on this trend, and began making embellished silver utensils for sale to tourists and collectors alike. While some spoons from this time period are engraved with place names, it is much more common to see teaspoons adorned with typical “Indian” style stamps. One commonly occurring design was a swastika, known among southwestern people was a “whirling log.” Originally found in Navajo sandpainting, they began occurring in weavings and jewelry around the turn of the 20th century. Its use continued until 1940, when an accord was signed by Navajo, Papago, Apache and Hopi peoples to discontinue its use because it had been “desecrated recently by another nation of peoples.”
December 16th, 2018: Of the Moment
December 15, 2018
Boyd & Allister
December 15, 2018
October 25th, Of the Moment: Squash Blossom Necklaces
October 25, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 Of the Moment
October 4, 2018
September 20th, Of the Moment: Denise Wallace
September 20, 2018
Alternately powerful or whimsical, Denise Wallace’s jewelry displays a technical mastery of her materials as well as an exquisite eye to detail. Wallace began making jewelry in the late 1970’s while a student at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM, and worked alongside her husband Samuel until his death in 2010. Their jewelry is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. She uses a wide variety of materials, from gold and silver to sugilite, but is perhaps best known for her exquisitely detailed scrimshaw carvings on fossilized walrus ivory. Often incorporating imagery inspired by her Chugach Aleut heritage, her work focuses on themes of transformation, represented in her jewelry by the doors that frequently appear in her work. Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to offer this unprecedented selection of work by Denise and Samuel Wallace.
August 23rd, 2018: Sky Blue Hawk
August 23, 2018
Artist, designer, and renowned turquoise expert Yasutomo Kodera first came to the United States from his home in Japan to attend university. It was then that his love affair with the Southwest, Native American jewelry and turquoise began. Employing his extensive knowledge of turquoise, he uses gem quality American turquoise from hard to source mines, as well as Momo coral from the Sea of Japan in his creations. We are pleased to have this collection of Kodera’s jewelry line Sky Blue Hawk in gallery for a limited period of time.
August 17: Of the Moment Sonwai and Ken Williams Jr.
August 17, 2018
July 5th Of the Moment: Cippy Crazy Horse
July 5, 2018
Cippy Crazy Horse We are pleased to present a stunning new collection of jewelry by Cippy Crazy Horse. Highly sought after and collected world wide, Cippy has been making jewelry since 1974, and his striking style is instantly recognizable. Using early silversmithing techniques and antique stamps, Crazy Horse continues to develop new and contemporary styles.
July 5th 2018 Aaron Lopez Bautista Trunk Show
July 5, 2018
June 21st, 2018: William Penhallow Henderson,(1877-1943)
June 21, 2018
Perhaps no other artist more perfectly exemplifies the artistic community that formed in Santa Fe in the early part of the 20th century as William Penhallow Henderson. A classically trained painter, Henderson was already an accomplished artist when his wife contracted tuberculosis, which brought them to Santa Fe in 1916. Initially, they planned to stay for one year, but like so many others, the culture of the Southwest and the high desert air enchanted them, and they stayed in New Mexico for the rest of their lives. Partly due to the distance from traditional art markets, Henderson expanded his artistic repertoire to designing buildings and furniture. He designed the building that now houses the Wheelwright, as well as a number of residences in town, notably the White residence, now the School of Advanced Research. He created and built furniture for the houses he designed, incorporating Native American motifs with his distinctive, hand carved and hand adzed pieces. This monumental ropero is a perfect example of the simple and elegant style, which Henderson was renowned for, of letting the natural wood and textures created by hand carving serve as ornamentation. This armoire has the added distinction of having a removable contemporary inset, designed and built by Santa Fe artist Sergio Tapia, which perfectly caters your entertaining needs.
June 7th, 2018 Of the Moment: Norbert Peshlakai
June 6, 2018
We are pleased to offer an exquisite collection of seed pots by Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshalakai. The pots in this collection date from the 1990’s, and were exhibited together at the Eerie Art Museum as part of the Kappmeyer collection of Native American art in 1997, and published in the exhibition catalogue “In the Spirit of the Ancestors.” Norbert Peshlakai comes from a long line of Navajo silversmiths, and is known for his entirely unique stamps and for innovating the silver seed pot form. His work is in numerous permanent collections, and is currently the subject of a one-man retrospective, curated by Ken Williams Jr., at the Wheelwright Museum of the Native American in Santa Fe, NM
May 2018 Of the Moment: Butterflies
May 15, 2018
Flowers and trees are in bloom, and the air is heavy with the scent of lilacs and irises. Spring in the high desert is a season of renewal and regeneration. More than any other creature, the butterfly is the perfect symbol of the season. Is it any wonder that Native artists found inspiration in the world around them, and rendered representations of these creatures in precious stones and metals? Zuni artists created exquisite mosaics of inlaid stones and shells while Navajo smiths formed silver to fit their visions of butterflies. This week, we give you a Spring collection for Of the Moment, where you can see the butterflies coming to rest their wings on your fingers, wrists and lapels.
New Mexican Altar Screens
May 9, 2018
Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to announce a public reception and talk by cultural historian, Will Wroth, and an exhibition of important 19th Century Chimayo reredos (altar screens) on May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.
April 20th, 2018: Of the Moment Native American Baskets
April 20, 2018
Woven from tender willow branches, wild bear grass, cornhusks, yucca fibers, sumac, devils claw, sedge and a variety of other materials, baskets are some of the oldest utilitarian art forms on the planet. Made by almost every North American indigenous tribe, baskets fulfill both practical and spiritual functions. We recently acquired three significant collections of baskets, with objects from the Nuu-chah-nulth tribes in Canada, cornhusk bags from the Nez Perce, California baskets, as well as a large selection from the Southwest including Apache, Hopi and Navajo made pieces. The baskets in these collections are either vintage or antique, and look at home in a contemporary setting. Strong geometric patterns combined with warm organic materials create beautiful objects, which meld with a variety of décor styles. We are honored to expand our purview beyond the Southwest for this collection and exhibit basketry from across the continent.
March 22nd, Of the Moment: Treasures from our Trading Post
March 22, 2018
March 8, 2018 Southwestern Adornment
March 8, 2018
Sometimes, after you have stacked your wrists with bracelets, hung earrings and slung necklaces, you start running out of room for jewelry… this is not a new problem, but is probably familiar to anyone who is a fan of serious ornamentation. The Navajo, being masters of personal adornment, came up with solutions to this problem very early on. You start sewing jewelry on to your clothing, greatly increasing your surface area. Elaborate buttons, blouse decorations and collar tabs are all traditional forms of Navajo silverwork that are often overlooked or unknown to outsiders. We celebrate these forms, as well as the more recent iterations of pins and hatbands as the most perfect example of Southwestern bling: pieces equally at home on a vintage velvet shirt or a new jean jacket.
Feb 22, 2018 Of the Moment
February 22, 2018
In the horse-savvy southwest, saddle blankets were practical, functional pieces of art used and prized by Diné, Anglo and Mexican riders, a necessary accessory for the health and wellbeing of your mount. Saddle blankets do not conform to regional styles, but rather are differentiated by technique or pattern. We have divided this collection into three distinct styles of double saddle blankets: Empty center, twill and double panel. The empty center design style, beginning around the1920’s, concentrates design elements on the visible part of the weaving, the borders that peek out from underneath the saddle. Double panel blankets feature two distinct patterns, allowing for two different designs depending on how the weaving is folded. Twill saddle blankets were perhaps the most widely used, prized by riders for durability and comfort, a perfect mix of functionality and beauty.
Feb 8, 2018 Of the Moment New Mexico Tin Work
February 7, 2018
For this week's “Of the Moment” offering, we focus on a small collection of New Mexico tin frames dating from the early Twentieth century. These pieces represent a moment in time, and are a wonderful example of the ingenuity of folk artists with access to limited materials. Tin cans, window glass and wallpaper were some of the materials brought west along the Santa Fe Trail, and were used to create frames to house European prints distributed by the local parish priests. These frames were made all over New Mexico, but certain styles, like the red and gold reverse painted glass of Isleta Pueblo, became associated with particular regions. We are honored to offer a selection of pieces that speak to a significant moment in New Mexico, and by association, American history.
Jan 25, 2018 Bolos of the Moment
January 25, 2018
Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to present an exquisite collection of bolo ties from an important Albuquerque collection. This group was the result of 40 years of careful curating and has something for every type of collector. From fanciful Zuni inlay work to simple, sophisticated bolos, some of the most preeminent Native American artists of the twentieth century are represented in this collection.
Jan 25, 2018 Two Grey Hills of the Moment
January 25, 2018
Jan 11 2018 Tom Emerson of the Moment
January 11, 2018
Santa Fe artist Tom Emerson is known primarily for creating contemporary furniture from found metals, with chairs being his most recognized form. We are pleased to have a number of his original designs, as well as a collection of his found object figures. Emerson has been creating these whimsical miniatures for more than twenty years, using a vast array of found materials- ranging from beer cans to traffic cones to seed pods. Materials are of primary importance, a way to tell a story of place, and a source of inspiration for Emerson. "This furniture I make is meant to be a surprise. If I can surprise myself, I feel assured that surprise will continue in the viewer. First, I find the material. My eyes tell me of the surprise in this first instance. I see the unusual color or the patina or the shape. I follow the surprise of this discovery with a gentle coaxing of design. I "see" the finished piece; it always comes as a surprise ending. Suddenly it is there. The labor of execution is the last persistent interpreter of surprise. The structure has its own demands and usually offers the best method of expressing the minutiae of design. These little surprises of completion are the same as the first surprises of discovery. There is one thing manifesting. The mystery from beginning to end is the same."
Dec 28, 2017: Of The Moment Rio Grande Blankets
December 28, 2017
The Hispanic villages along the Rio Grande were some of the most isolated and remote parts of Mexico after her independence from Spain, and this isolation continued into the 20th century after the area became a United States territory. This remoteness led to an independence of spirit and the absence of trade led to the necessary creation of cottage industries, such as weaving. While Navajo weaving is the most known in the Southwest, the blankets produced by Spanish American settlers in this region have their own distinct beauty. Woven using the same types of wool as the Navajo, these utilitarian textiles were made using a treadle loom which produced two long pieces which were then stitched together, and would have been found draped over the beds of adobe homesteads up and down the Rio Grande. These blankets, often of the simplest, banded design, continued to be produced into the 1920s, and were the precursor to the Chimayo weaving tradition which continues to this day.
December 20th: New Work by Keri Ataumbi
December 20, 2017
Dec 14, 2017: Of The Moment Small and Unusual Things
December 14, 2017
In anticipation of this upcoming holiday season, we have put together a collection of small and unusual pieces which make perfect gifts. From serving ware to pill boxes, we all know that the best gifts come in small packages. Looking for the consummate collector or the perfect hostess gift? A silver spoon stocking stuffer or a Navajo candle snuffer for the menorah? These vintage pieces are steeped in history, and are a welcome respite from the fast-paced, technological landscape in which most of us spend our days. This holiday season, give the gift of handmade, vintage gifts that harken back to a quieter, simpler time.
December 14th, 2017: Eveli
December 14, 2017
November 2017: Kenneth Johnson
November 30, 2017
November 16th, 2017 Of the Moment: Navajo Naturals
November 16, 2017
The nights are longer, the temperatures are dropping, and a dusting of snow covers the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It is the time of year for chilly morning walks along arroyos, and for evenings spent staring at the flames licking pinon logs in the fireplace. The colors of the countryside have become more subdued and calmness prevails. For this weeks Of The Moment collection, we focus on Navajo naturals, the weavings woven using only natural wools. From soft, carded gray twills to striking black and white optical illusions, we consider these textiles to be some of the most versatile, and can pack a hefty, graphic punch for interiors. The weavings in this collection date from the 1890’s to the 1950’s, and styles range from Transitionals to Two Grey Hills.
November 2017 Keri Ataumbi
November 3, 2017
October 2017 Zuni Inlay
October 24, 2017
October 2017, Will Evans
October 19, 2017
Will Evans (1877-1954) was the owner of the trading post in Shiprock, New Mexico from 1917 to 1948, and from there it passed on to another family with a long history in the region, the Foutzes. Evans was fascinated with Navajo ceremonial art, attended countless ceremonies and sings and was allowed to sketch images from sand paintings, which served as the inspiration for his painted objects. He had a seemingly insatiable thirst to paint; he decorated the interior and exterior of the Shiprock Trading Post, chairs, tables, picture frames, whiskey bottles and coffee cans, and was even known to adorn the shells of his children’s pet turtles. A self taught artist, he worked as a coal miner and farmer in the Four Corners region before becoming an Indian trader. Over the course of his life, he also served as a state legislator, a recorder of oral histories, and as City Police Judge. His work has been the subject of a show at the Farmington Museum “Will Evans and the Navajo” and his interviews of neighbors and friends formed the backbone of the book “ Along Navajo Trails.” Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to present a collection of folk art by a true American original, whose colorfully painted objects are perfectly evocative of a bygone era.
Oct 5,2017 Coral in the Desert
October 5, 2017
While turquoise is the material that comes to mind when many people think of Native jewelry, many first time visitors to the southwest are surprised by the amount of red in Navajo and Pueblo jewelry. The reason for the disconnect is not hard to understand, as New Mexico is hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but there is a long tradition of coral and shell being used in southwestern jewelry. While different types of shell has a millennial tradition in the southwest, coral came to the region with the Spanish, and Mediterranean coral continues to be the most common type used. Maybe because it looks so stunning combined with turquoise, or because of its various luminous shades, coral is here to stay and used by Navajo, Pueblo, Hispanic and Anglo artists alike. While some artists sculpt and grind coral into smooth beads and oval cabochons, others let the natural shape of the coral influence their designs, with irregular branches and knobs stretching out to create organic designs. Equally beautiful set in gold or silver, traditional or modern, coral has found a lasting home in the desert.
Sept 21, 2017 Of the Moment
September 21, 2017
September is one of our favorite times of year with the smell of roasting green chile, chamisa in bursting school bus yellow along dusty road ways and arroyos and a crispness in the air. The aspens begin their annual ode to the sun and changing seasons, and for a few gorgeous weeks, the mountains above Santa Fe are crowded with residents and visitors alike marveling at a golden wonderland. We are celebrating this season with the acquisition of an astonishing collection of vintage Navajo textiles in fall colors, the rich oranges and yellows of changing leaves and desert sunsets.
August 31,2017: Of The Moment Zuni Inlay
August 31, 2017
One of the most iconic types of Southwestern jewelry is the exquisite inlay done by the artists of Zuni Pueblo. Using an array of materials such as turquoise, jet, coral and a wide variety of shells, these artists made wearable art depicting life on the reservation.. its wildlife, its dances and ceremonies, and figures from mythology were all rendered in variety of styles like channel inlay, mosaic and stone to stone. The fanciful creations in this collection were created by some of the most renowned lapidary artists of the twentieth century such as Leo Poblano, Lambert Homer, Virgil and Shirley Benn, and Eliot Qualo.
August 2017: Sonwai & Ken Williams Jr.
August 14, 2017
August 2017: Pictorial Textiles
August 8, 2017
For this weeks' Of the Moment, we feature the exquisite Russ Lyon Realty Corporate Collection of Navajo Pictorial Weavings. Painstakingly collected over a period of thirty years, these pieces are some of the earliest representations of Yei figures in Navajo weaving. The weavings in this collection date from between 1910-1935, and feature some truly monumental pieces. Shiprock Santa Fe is honored to be able to present the Lyon collection for sale to the public for the first time.
August 2017 Showstoppers
August 3, 2017
Summer is opera season in Santa Fe, so we put together a few pieces that may not actually stop the show, but will definitely stop people in their tracks. This collection features some of the foremost, desirable jewelers of the twentieth century, with some truly remarkable, early unsigned pieces thrown in for good measure. Whether you are tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera, or attending a gala at the Metropolitan, one of these statement pieces is sure to make jaws drop and heart rates soar.
July 27 2017 Of the moment Monsoons
July 27, 2017
Monsoon Textiles Our current display in the gallery features a wildly exuberant group of weavings dating from the 1880’s-1890s’. All of the textiles in this exhibit are characterized by strong graphics and the powerful use of chevrons as a primary design element. These textiles hail from the Transitional Period, and a number of them are true wedge weaves, also known as pulled warp weavings, where the weft of the weaving would be pulled aside, resulting in slanted weft stripes. This process is repeated, creating a zigzag pattern and often accompanied by scalloped edges. It is impossible to know what the unnamed weavers who made these exquisite textiles were thinking as they wove these patterns. However, for anyone who has spent time looking at the desert sky during a thunderstorm, its easy to believe that the these weavings were inspired by bolts of zigzagging lightning . Let the rains continue.
July 2017: Shell Jewelry
July 20, 2017
Summertime Shell Jewelry For this weeks Of the Moment, we celebrate mid-summer vibes with Pueblo shell jewelry. While it might seem incongruent, desert-dwelling Pueblo people have used sea shells in their jewelry for thousands of years. Some of the earliest pieces of ancient Puebloan jewelry have shell beads brought from the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico, traded countless times and carried thousands of miles to reach their destination. This collection features pieces dating from the early to the middle of the 20th century, with a variety of shells used imaginatively by Pueblo artisans. These pieces looks equally appropriate worn at the beach, or in the high desert
July 2017 Keri Ataumbi
July 13, 2017
For her newest collection “From my studio: Feathers to Diamonds”, jeweler Keri Ataumbi draws inspiration from traditional Kiowa adornment. Ataumbi uses materials time-honored by Native peoples, such as porcupine hairs, feathers, seeds and brain-tanned hide. She combines these with gold, pearls and rubies along with other materials historically found in western jewelry. By combining these mediums, she is creating a narrative which challenges culturally held notions of value.
July 2017: Robert Lee Morris
July 6, 2017
June 2017: Teaspoons
June 29, 2017
The clink of ice in the glass, condensation cascading down the sides, freshened with lemon and just a hint of sugar; is there anything more refreshing than an iced tea on a hot summer day? In celebration of summer refreshments, this week’s Of the Moment places summers’ favorite drink in the limelight with vintage Navajo iced teaspoons, a perfect accompaniment to a perfectly appointed table. Navajo silversmiths made a plethora of different items to market to tourists sojourning their way through the Southwest. Bracelets, pill boxes, salt shakers and souvenir spoons (not to mention jewelry), were just some of the items produced. Nothing, however, feels more appropriate for the long hot days of summer than a graceful, long handled iced teaspoon.
June 2017 Itsy Bitsy
June 22, 2017
June 2017: Heishi
June 14, 2017
Heishi means “shell bead” in Keres, the language spoken at Santo Domingo Pueblo, but the word has come to mean any drilled and rolled bead, be it brown pen shell, white clam shell, turquoise or coral. Traditionally hand-rolled against a hard surface to shape them, the smaller the bead, the more patience and skill required. One of the best makers of heishi was Charles Lovato (1937-1987), who has been credited with revolutionizing bead making at Santo Domingo Pueblo. Lovato, an accomplished painter, poet and jeweler, was also instrumental in incorporating non-traditional materials such as gold and lapis into Santo Domingo jewelry. His skill at jewelry making was recognized with a posthumous show at the Wheelwright Museum in 1991, honoring him and Charles Loloma as innovators in jewelry making. Lovato was the first artist to use a combination of different materials to create an ombre effect, an exquisite and subtle gradation of color in his heishi necklaces. This labor intensive style was later adopted by other artists, and can be seen in other necklaces in this collection. When worn, heishi moves wonderfully against the body, and looks best against sun kissed, summer warmed skin.
June 2017: Fritz Scholder
June 8, 2017
Fritz Scholder is one of the most sought after Native American artists of the late twentieth Century, and was a study in contrasts and controversies. Althougha registered member of the Luiseno tribe of California, he didn’t often identify as Native American. His subject matter covered a range of themes, but it is his pieces, which explored the intersection of mainstream American culture and Native peoples, that remains most strongly associated with his name and which stirred up the most controversy. His bold use of color and his fluid expressionist lines make his work instantly recognizable, whether it is a painting, a bronze or a print. For this weeks Of the Moment, we celebrate Fritz Scholder. His work, although made in the end of the last century, remains impactful and relevant to this day.
May 2017 - Jesse Monongya
June 1, 2017
Norbert Peshlakai - May 2017
May 25, 2017
Norbert has been creating silver pots, bracelets, buckles, and pendants since the 1970's. Many of his pieces tell stories in original imagery, and he is credited with creating a new form, silver pots and jars shaped like pottery. He describes his more current work as sort of bumpy and rough, not a high polished look, but something more unfinished and earthy. Peshlakai is the Navajo word for silversmith.
Nathan Hart - May 2017
May 25, 2017
Nathan Hart is a contemporary Cheyenne artist from Oklahoma. His primary artistic focus is creating wood vessels. The vessels are hollow-form pieces that beautifully highlight the natural elegance of the wood. Hart uses different types of wood including (but not limited to) Maple, Ash, Walnut, Birch, and Pine. He is especially drawn to burls, which is a highly figured and twisted wood. These pieces of wood are notoriously difficult to work with because of their high tendency to split and break. Some of Hart’s pieces take months to complete.
May 16, 2017 of the moment
May 17, 2017
This week’s inspiration comes on a breeze of spring air, filled with the scent of irises. Our favorite “new neutral," faded pink, found in this small collection of handmade textiles. Like Momo Coral, found only in the Sea of Japan, this hue can only be achieved from minimal exposure to just the right light. Well loved weavings, soft to the hand and easy on the eyes, vintage and handwoven, so very Of The Moment.
May 2017 Mckee Platero
May 11, 2017
May 2017: New Acquisitions
May 4, 2017
May 2017 Gallery Interior with Nakashima
May 4, 2017
February 2017: Private Santa Fe, NM Collection
February 8, 2017
We are pleased to offer diverse works from a private Santa Fe, NM, collector. The collector used her artist's eye to curate an extensive selection of Native American art incorporating both historical and ethnographic pieces as well as works by important modern and contemporary artists. The collected formed over the past thirty plus years reflects a deep passion for the cultures and artistic traditions of the tribal peoples of the American Southwest.
February 2017: Private Colorado Collection
February 7, 2017
These pieces come from a private Colorado collection spanning the historic narrative of collectible souvenirs from the Tesuque Pueblo to notable modern works by Cheyenne wood turning artist Nathan Hart, and famed Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshlakai.
January 2017: Vintage Bracelets From An Eminent Santa Fe Collector
January 6, 2017
We are pleased to present an exquisite collection of vintage Navajo and Zuni bracelets, recently acquired from the estate of a renowned Santa Fe collector. All of the pieces date from the first half of the 20th century and display a variety of styles and techniques. Please contact the gallery for inquiries or to purchase.
December 2016 Frank Patania Jewelry
December 20, 2016
This collection was offered exclusively to Shiprock Santa Fe by from a private Beverly Hills, CA, collection. We are honored to offer some of the finest works we have come across in many years by a true Santa Fe icon. Frank Patania Sr. (1899-1964) was born in Sicily and immigrated to the United States at an early age. He began working as a jeweler at age 6, first apprenticing in Italy, and later with a goldsmith in New York. He moved out to the West after contracting tuberculosis and settled in Santa Fe. Frank had always worked in gold, but was profoundly inspired by Native American jewelry. In 1927, he opened the Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe, and employed local Native American silversmiths. "After my first sight of the West, I never wanted to return east again. And when I saw what the Indians were doing with silver and turquoise I knew I had found the medium in which I wanted to design." These materials were new to him, but he quickly became one of the most innovative and skilled jewelers of his time. His style grew more refined and his fame grew, attracting important patrons such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Mable Dodge Lujan. Several of his assistants became renowned silversmiths in their own right, most notably his son Frank Jr. and Santo Domingo jeweler Julian Lovato.
December 2016: Navajo Twill Double Saddle Blankets
December 19, 2016
Please enjoy this special selection of Navajo Twill Double Saddle Blankets. The most colorful of the group are currently gracing the main gallery for the holiday display. The heavy use that saddle blankets endure calls for a more robust textile on the part of the Navajo weaver. Twill techniques incorporate more weft material than in traditional flat weavings. Normally they have two or three weft yarns which are packed in the same space as one yarn in a flat weaving, thus make a thicker and more durable textile. There are a number of twill patterns including diagonal, diamond, and their infinite combinations.
November 2016: Vintage Child's Bracelets
November 16, 2016
A wonderful selection of historic Native American child's bracelets. The perfect heritage gift for future generations.
November 2016: Ben Rouzie
November 15, 2016
Ben Rouzie (1922-2016) Ben Rouzie was an American self taught sculptor who specialized in woodworking. After serving in the Air Force in WWII, he worked as a reporter and later as a city planner, all the while studying art in his free time. It was only after he retired in the 1970's that he devoted himself full-time to scultpture.
October 2016: Collectible Spoons
October 11, 2016
Souvenir spoons became popular with the birth of leisure tourism in Europe. Originally collected to display the many landmarks and cities a person traveled to, the trend soon came to the United States and a phenomenon was launched. We are pleased to present a selection of Navajo handmade tourist collectible spoons. Show your affinity for the Southwest and historic Native American art by purchasing your favorite today.
July 2016: Leekya Offerings
July 5, 2016
Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966) is the most famous and sought after Zuni fetish carvers of all time.
June: Contemporary Jewelry Selections from a Private Collection:
June 15, 2016
From a private Santa Fe, NM. collection.
June 2016: POTTERY COLLECTION
June 15, 2016
From a prominent private Kansas City/Santa Fe collection. Each pot in this collection was lovingly selected and purchased for a Santa Fe residence. The couple had relationships with many Native American artists and art dealers in the community.
June 2016: ZUNI INLAY JEWERLY
June 15, 2016
From a private Santa Fe, NM. collection.
May 2016: Ketohs
May 16, 2016
Ketohs (pronounced gato) are Navajo bracers or bow guards originally crafted from hide. The first ketohs with silver were made as early as the mid to late 1800’s during the first phase of Navajo silversmithing. The silver for these pieces was generally made from melted coins and would be cast in a two-piece mold. They would then be taken from the mold, hammered into shape, and sanded until smooth. A cold chisel and stamps were used for the earliest designs, and after the 1880’s, ketohs saw the addition of bezels with turquoise and other stones. The turquoise pieces for ketohs were sometimes taken from earlier tab necklaces or earrings. Later ketohs developed more complex design motifs and techniques.Vintage ketohs were made as functioning bow guards, they were meant to protect the wearer from the pull of the bow string and arrow. They were also taken out at ceremonial dances and were considered to be important pieces of art. Today, ketohs are worn by collectors and fashion icons alike.
May 2016: House of Kiva New
May 16, 2016
In a wonderful instance of serendipity, Shiprock Santa Fe was offered a collection of clothing and accessories created by renowned Cherokee designer Lloyd Kiva New just as three museums honored him in yearlong shows. The Museum of Contemporary Native Art MOCNA, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture and the New Mexico Fine Art Museum in Santa Fe are all celebrating his important contributions to fashion, art and education, both as designer and artist as well as co-founder and president of the Institute of American Indian Art. In additional to the collection of vintage clothing and accessories on offer, The House of Kiva New is showcasing four unique textile collages made from remnants of Lloyd Kiva New’s hand printed textiles. A collector purchased the remnants at auction and worked with local textile artist Ilona Pachler to create four separate collages that showcase the exuberance of Lloyd Kiva News’ designs. The House of Kiva new is also honoring local fashion icon Jeri Ah-be Hill, a Kiowa-Comanche elder and leader and treasured resident of Santa Fe, who was known for her tireless work in promoting the arts associated with Native fashion. Always impeccably dressed, she was the chairwoman for SWAIA’s Traditional Native American Clothing Contest for 17 years. Shiprock Santa Fe has been honored to work directly with both of Ah-be-hill’s daughters, Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi, and we are pleased to be showcasing one of Jeri’s iconic outfits in our upcoming show. We will be contributing to “The Jeri Ah-be Hill Scholarship Fund” at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
March 2016: Joclas
March 14, 2016
Turquoise has powerful associations among the cultures of the southwest. It was an important object of trade and symbol of prestige. As a means of personal adornment, its history in the southwest stretches back millennia. Turquoise is connected with the Sky as well as the Earth. Among the Navajo, turquoise is the color of the south and of Mount Taylor. The jocla is one of the earlier forms of earrings found in the southwest, and used by Navajo and Pueblo peoples alike. Joclas are pendant-like earrings of disc-shaped turquoise beads with a large center bead at the bottom. The were originally made without the luxury of metal tools. Worn by both men and women, upon marriage, women would often tie the earrings to their tab necklaces as additional ornamentation. Contemporary jewelers continue to experiment with this ancestral form by using old jaclas and incorporating into them into new bracelets, making longer and highly wearable necklaces, or rolling high quality stone into exquisitely delicate earrings.
Feburary 2016: The Klopfer Collection
February 16, 2016
The Klopfer family were among the earliest settlers of the Las Campanas development just north of Santa Fe. Mrs. Klopfer's passion for Native Art began in the mid 1980's when she volunteered at the Wheelright Museum's Case Trading Post. In the following years, the Klopfers built an impressive collection, making great selections from some of the most prominent and long standing Santa Fe galleries. Now, three decades later, we are pleased to present one of the many facets of that collection, a selection of historic Hopi Kachina dolls which include rare Zuni examples and works by well known early carvers like Otto Pentewa and Jimmy Koots.
February 2016: Figural Pueblo Pottery
February 16, 2016
In the late 19th century anthropologists, ethnographers, and self made explorers had a keen interest in collecting all sorts of Native cultural material, however, anthropomorphic figures interested them above all else. Whether it was in clay, wood, stone, or any other material, the collections of many of the prominent museums and institutions are loaded with dolls, pottery figurines, and stone idols. The Trading Post owners who had long before established themselves within tribal lands were eager to guide these voracious collectors and supplied many of them with a myriad of figural objects. By the 1880's the traders in Santa Fe were selling large free standing clay figures from Cochiti Pueblo, Rain Gods from Tesuque Pueblo, and many animal inspired forms from as far away as Zuni Pueblo. Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to offer a variety of human and animal forms that span the late 19th century to modern day and represent many of the Pueblos including Zuni, Cochiti, Santa Clara, and Tesuque from this curated collection.
January 2016: Ring in the New Year
January 6, 2016
Let Shiprock Santa Fe help you ring in the New Year with a selection of fantastic rings, all available for the month of January for 10% off!
October 2015: Vintage Bracelets
October 26, 2015
We are excited to present our Fall 2015 selection of vintage cuffs and bracelets. I think there is a little something for everyone in this group, from the serious collector to the person who just wants a fantastic fashion turquoise piece. Happy browsing!
September 2015: Vintage Jimmy King Jr. Jewelry from the Foutz Collection
September 16, 2015
Navajo jeweler Jimmy King, Jr. has a unique perspective and is a lapidary inlay genius. His designs bring to mind the cosmos and blend tradition and innovation. No longer active as a jeweler, he worked directly with Ed and Jed Foutz and was one of the premier artists they promoted and sold at the Shiprock Trading Post from the 1970's - 1990's.