Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 37: Three Large Framed Colorized Native American Prints by Carl Moon

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Three Large Framed Colorized Native American Prints by Carl Moon

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This desirable grouping includes three large framed photograph prints by Carl (Karl) Moon (1879-1948), all of which are ink signed by the artist in the lower left corner in black ink. Moon turned a lifelong obsession with Native American culture into a successful career as a photographer and an artist, even being invited to exhibit his work at the National Museum in Washington D.C. in 1906, as well as at the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt, who also later included Moon on his hunting expeditions for the Smithsonian Institute. All three prints have been lightly colorized with what appears to be water colors. The portrait appears to be titled "Pesothlanny, Mr. Much Money, Navajo" and measures approximately 25 1/2 x 21 inches including the frame. The other two appear to be a set, featuring a Native American man stretching a hide on a frame in one and the same man painting the stretched hide in the other. The two prints in this set measure approximately 25 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches and 21 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches including the matching frames.

Rating Definition:

All are fine or better overall showing some slight fading, distinct images and signatures, some scattered light wear, and some scattered minor handling/storage marks on the frames. Fantastic prints from one of the most desirable Native American photographers in the American West!

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