Alan Kessler Gallery

Alan Kessler Gallery Fine American Indian Art, Folk Art, Fine Art, Vintage Photography, Western Americana, Beadwork, Kachinas, Textiles, Artifacts, Pottery, Parfleches, Weapons, Jewelry

We have been in this business for over forty years and own an established gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alan Kessler is one of the original founders and a current member of A.T.A.D.A., the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association. Kessler is also the author of Collecting Kachina Dolls 1880-1940 and held the auction record for a kachina doll sold at auction, the Hopi Shalako Mana Kachina, sold at Sotheby’s American Indian Art Dec. 4, 1997 for $294,000. The same doll was sold again in May in 2007 in Paris and brought the equivalent of $356,000 US. Alan Kessler has also done appraisals for collectors, national museums, and corporations for over forty years.

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A pair of Ute Beaded Hide MoccasinsEach with a hard parfleche soles, sinew sewn in dark blue, white, greasy yellow, and ...
03/22/2019

A pair of Ute Beaded Hide Moccasins

Each with a hard parfleche soles, sinew sewn in dark blue, white, greasy yellow, and pink against a white lazy stitched ground. Showing a typical lightning pattern. c. 1890 Length 9 1/4" X Width 3 1/2"

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03/01/2019

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Rare Volz-Type Hopi Two-Horned Kachina DollA large, rare, Volz-type Hopi Kachina depicting the Two-Horned Deity, circa 1...
03/01/2019

Rare Volz-Type Hopi Two-Horned Kachina Doll

A large, rare, Volz-type Hopi Kachina depicting the Two-Horned Deity, circa 1901. Case mask marked by back-swept horns, pothook eyes, and rainclouds painted on the cheeks. DIMENSIONS: 16 1/2" tall. Some history on Volz-type dolls: In 1901, an Indian trader named Frederick Volz sold 400 Hopi Kachina dolls to the Fred Harvey Company. These were the first dolls which were made specifically for the tourist market. Most of the major museums have these dolls in their collections, including The Heye Foundation, The Field Museum, The Museum of Natural History, The University of Pennsylvania Museum, among others. John Erickson suggests that because Frederick Volz was located at Canyon Diablo near First Mesa (which received many influences from Zuni pueblo), perhaps these "Volz dolls" were similarly influenced by the Zuni. Erickson also states that some of these dolls were made at Oraibi on Third Mesa.

https://www.trocadero.com/stores/ack45/items/1204577/Rare-Volz-Type-Hopi-Two-Horned-Kachina-Doll

Hopi Polychrome Katsina Doll Chaveyo(Ogre Katsina)Case mask painted black with green mark on forehead representing a sni...
03/01/2019

Hopi Polychrome Katsina Doll Chaveyo(Ogre Katsina)
Case mask painted black with green mark on forehead representing a snipe track and white moon symbols on cheeks, snout with teeth, wildcat skin ruff. Velvet shirt, white trousers. Carries a knife. Chaveyo may come at any time during the spring months if Hopi children are particularly bad. "The boogie man will get you if you don't watch out." Voth, 1901; Fewkes, 1903; Stephen, 1936; Nequatewa, 1948, p. 60. Provenance available. Chaveyo with half moon marks is from First Mesa. Height 11 1/2" X Width at the shoulder 3 3/4" ca.1900

https://www.trocadero.com/stores/ack45/items/1397000/Hopi-Polychrome-Katsina-Doll-ChaveyoOgre-Katsina

Hopi Wilson Tewaquaptewa Kachina DollHopi Polychrome kachina doll by Wilson Tewaquaptewa -One of the earliest works of W...
02/17/2018

Hopi Wilson Tewaquaptewa Kachina Doll

Hopi Polychrome kachina doll by Wilson Tewaquaptewa -One of the earliest works of Wilson Tewaquaptewa c.1915-1920 -Height: 12 and 1/4 inches -Wilson Tewaquaptewa (1871-1960)was the last chief of Old Oraibi. He produced Kachina dolls which are a combination of many dolls and figments of his own imagination. He believed that you didn't carve actual Kachinas for the tourist market. His dolls are usually monochromatic in color (brown, ochre and white and black). He also uses a device of putting many dots in an area, to contrast with a solid area of color. His use of symbols, painted on the case mask, seems to be arbitrary. The dolls which he produced in the 1940s sometimes had carved sashes.

A Hopi Kachina Kokopelli PuppetA Hopi Kachina puppet depicting Kokopelli circa 1940. Possibly carved by Jimmie Kootz. Ar...
02/17/2018

A Hopi Kachina Kokopelli Puppet

A Hopi Kachina puppet depicting Kokopelli circa 1940. Possibly carved by Jimmie Kootz. Articulated arms and legs. Minor paint and wood loss. 6 1/2" tall x 2 1/4" wide at widest. 12 1/2" tall including string.

A Rare Zia Pueblo Secular CarvingA rare polychrome secular figure from Zia Pueblo. Her hands extended upward, carrying a...
02/17/2018

A Rare Zia Pueblo Secular Carving

A rare polychrome secular figure from Zia Pueblo. Her hands extended upward, carrying a burden strap, a real pottery canteen on her back. Carvings are rarely made at Zia. This is the first one that I have seen that came out of the Pueblo. c.1920, 14" height x 3 3/4" width

Hopi Polychrome Kachina Figure GroupA Hopi wood Kachina figure group depicting Koyemsi standing atop Soyoko, circa 1915....
02/17/2018

Hopi Polychrome Kachina Figure Group

A Hopi wood Kachina figure group depicting Koyemsi standing atop Soyoko, circa 1915. Soyoko is an ogre woman "who appears in the evening after the Bean Dance. She visits various houses and asks the boys to hunt game - mice and rats - for her, and threatens that if they do not have some for her in four days' time she will eat them instead. In the same way she requires the girls to prepare for her a paper-thin wafer bread called "piki," made from blue, yellow, or pink corn meal." Koyemsi, the mud head clown, "is the most common Hopi clown. He appears in Mixed Kachina Dances and sometimes a group of Koyemsi appear in a dance of their own." (quotes from "Hopi Kachina Dolls", by Harold Colton). Very Good Condition with minor paint loss consistent with age. 17 1/2" tall.

Hopi Palhik Mana Kachina DollA polychrome Hopi Kachina doll from mid-twentieth century. Depicting Palhik Mana (Butterfly...
02/17/2018

Hopi Palhik Mana Kachina Doll

A polychrome Hopi Kachina doll from mid-twentieth century. Depicting Palhik Mana (Butterfly Kachina Maiden). A description from "Hopi Kachina Dolls", by Harold Colton, page 48,"White face mask with triangular hachured areas or red spots on cheeks. Chin painted with lines radiating from the mouth, and each triangle so made is painted with a different color. Elaborate tableta. Costume may be a white, embroidered ceremonial robe and a kilt worn like a blouse, or a black dress and a maiden's shawl. The feet are usually bare and painted yellow." Very Good Condition with very minimal paint loss. 14 3/8" tall.

Hopi Hemis Kachina Doll 20th CenturyA wood Hopi Kachina doll from mid-twentieth century. Depicting the Hemis Kachina. A ...
02/17/2018

Hopi Hemis Kachina Doll 20th Century

A wood Hopi Kachina doll from mid-twentieth century. Depicting the Hemis Kachina. A description from "Hopi Kachina Dolls", by Harold Colton, page 50-51, "Case mask, of which half of the face is painted green and the other half pink, or it may be all white. Surmounted by an elaborate tableta painted with phallic and cloud symbols. Douglas fir ruff. Kilt, sash, woman's belt, fox skin, red moccasins. Hank of blue yarn across one shoulder and chest. Body painted in black corn smut with light colored half moons. Carries rattles and spring of Douglas fir. The Hemis Kachina is usually selected as the principal character in the Niman Kachina Dance and so is sometimes called the Niman Kachina." Very Good Condition with very minor paint loss. 13 1/2" tall.

Hopi Polychrome Katsina doll "Malo"Case mask with one half face painted green and one half red, tubular mouth; no ears, ...
02/17/2018

Hopi Polychrome Katsina doll "Malo"

Case mask with one half face painted green and one half red, tubular mouth; no ears, blossom on one side and tuft of red hair and feathers on the other. Douglas fir ruff. Kilt, sash, fox skin, and green moccasins. Body painted any common katsina style. Carris staff tipped with feathers, and a rattle. Appears in regular katsina dance. -Fewkes, 1894, 1903; Stephen, 1936. c.1880, 11 1/2" height x 3 1/2" width, a rare 19 century katsina doll in original paint with minor paintloss legal feathers added

Alan Kessler Gallery
02/17/2018

Alan Kessler Gallery

Hopi Katsina Sash

Hopi Katsina sash with Germantown yarn embroidery Length including fringe 44", Width 12", c.1900

Alan Kessler Gallery
02/17/2018

Alan Kessler Gallery

Rare Hopi Ceremonial Shirt

Hopi ceremonial shirt hand-spun cotton, Germantown yarn embroidery. Arm length 17", Width 23 1/4", Width including sleeves 56", c.1900

Alan Kessler Gallery
02/17/2018

Alan Kessler Gallery

Zuni Owiwi Hunchback Katchina

Rare Zuni Owiwi Hunchback Katchina, circa 1890-1900. Size: 10 1/2 inches, with pop-eyes, articulated arms, buckskin blouse and leggings, black case mask, untouched -- no restoration. Provenance: Tad Tribal Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. George Blitz Collection, New York State.

Hopi polychromed cylinder Kachina doll. With pop-eyes, snout, hands carved in relief, red stripe, red dots, green copper...
10/06/2011

Hopi polychromed cylinder Kachina doll. With pop-eyes, snout, hands carved in relief, red stripe, red dots, green copper carbonate case mask.

Date: circa 1880-1890
Provenance: George Blitz collection, New York
Dimensions: 5" tall

10/06/2011

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A Hopi polychrome flat-style Kachina doll representing Tasap, the "Navajo Kachina", with broad, slightly convex body, de...
10/06/2011

A Hopi polychrome flat-style Kachina doll representing Tasap, the "Navajo Kachina", with broad, slightly convex body, decorated with a series of narrow vertical stripes in red against a white ground, small cicles indicating the breasts and necklace above, and angular arms with splayed hands painted in yellow and traces of green, the large case mask in a similar shade of olive green, and with projecting downturned beak, exaggerated "pothook" eyes painted in black, a notched panel along the chin, and overhanging browline painted in red continuing behind.

Date: circa 1880
Provanance: Miguel Covarrubias Collection, Mexico City
Dimensions: 9 1/2" tall

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