For Hispanic artist Horacio Valdez, a 25-year career as a carpenter came to an abrupt end when a near-fatal work accident in 1974 crushed his right hand. After this incident, Valdez adopted carving and painting to pass his time. He later carved over 250 crucifixes, among other creations. The upcoming New Mexico NOW: Spanish Colonial to Spanish Market auction, presented by Santa Fe Art Auction, highlights a carved and painted sculpture by Valdez. The 1982 piece, titled Carreta de Muerte (Death Cart), resembles the calaca skeleton figures used to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Several lots available in the event were provided by a private family foundation, including a 1968 colcha sampler by Rebecca Salsbury James. Colcha is a term used to describe a wool-embroidered coverlet of Mexican origin. The proceeds from the sale of these items will be dedicated to supporting local art communities and families in need. Browse the full catalog or register to bid online on Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Fine Art (132), Decorative Arts (33), Furniture (54), American Indian & Ethnographic (1)
# of Lots:208
Price Range:$30 - $60,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Horacio Valdez, Carreta de Muerte (Death Cart)|| Estimate: |
|Rebecca Salsbury James, Peacock (Colcha Sampler)|| Estimate: |
|Spanish Colonial, Six-Board Cedar Chest, 18th Century|| Estimate: |
|Tin Frame with Reverse Painted Glass and Devotional Print, ca. 1900|| Estimate: |
|18th Century Novice, Retablo of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe|| Estimate: |