Fine Large Kwakiutl Totem Pole By Ellen Neel (1916-1966) Dated 1949

$6,950 USD

Kwakiutl Totem

Date: 1949

Dimensions: 28 ½ ”  Tall with a 10 ½ ” wingspan, base 9 ½ ” x 8 ”

Artist: Kwakiutl, Ellen Neel (1916-1966)

Materials: yellow cedar. Green, red and black pigments.

Description: The totem depicts a Thunderbird and a diving whale.  Signed “ Ellen Neel 49“ and “NFS” to back side. Very few large examples like this were made or come up for sale. Great investment quality piece from one of Canada’s most respected women artists.

Provenance: Private collection Vancouver

Weight 15.0 lbs
Dimensions 28.5 × 10.5 × 8.0 in
Item Location

Canada

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Kwakiutl Totem

Date: 1949

Dimensions: 28 ½ ”  Tall with a 10 ½ ” wingspan, base 9 ½ ” x 8 ”

Artist: Kwakiutl, Ellen Neel (1916-1966)

Materials: yellow cedar. Green, red and black pigments.

Description: The totem depicts a Thunderbird and a diving whale.  Signed “ Ellen Neel 49“ and “NFS” to back side. Very few large examples like this were made or come up for sale. Great investment quality piece.

Provenance: Private collection Vancouver

Ellen Neel (Kakaso’las)
Kwakwaka’wakw
Born: Gilford Island, BC
Ellen Neel belonged to the Qui-qwa-sutinok tribe of Gilford Island and Kingcome Inlet. She was the first well known female Northwest Coast artists and gained much fame during her career . Charlie James was her grandfather and Mungo Martin was her uncle. The publication Totem Carvers by Phil Nytten covers all three carvers and their works and is an excellent resource .
As a girl, she was much interested in watching her grandfather carve, and, working at his side, she used to carve the small totem poles and other items they made for sale. By the time she was fourteen she “had the spirit of carving,” her grandfather told her, and she collaborated with him on a book of designs commissioned by a Vancouver art collector.
In her early twenties, she married Ted Neel, who would become her assistant and manager. They had six children, all of whom assisted with the family business but life through the Depression years was difficult for them.
In 1948, Ellen Neel was given a workshop in Stanley Park, Vancouver, and was made Chief Carver for the Parks Board. In 1953, she carved a totem pole to be placed outside of Brock Hall on the University of British Columbia campus. The pole was repainted, treated for weather by Doug Cranmer and moved to the front of the Student Union Building.
Ellen Neel passed away in 1966. Her carvings are included in many important private and public collections.

 

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Weight 15.0 lbs
Dimensions 28.5 × 10.5 × 8.0 in
Item Location

Canada

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