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            • Rufus Moody Haida Northwest Coast Argillite Figure
              Apr. 09, 2024

              Rufus Moody Haida Northwest Coast Argillite Figure

              Est: $100 - $1,000

              DESCRIPTION: Carved argillite figure by Rufus Moody, modeled partially nude, with bone "horns". Adhered to an argillite base. Signed on underside. CIRCA: 20th century ORIGIN: Haida DIMENSIONS: H: 6.5" W: 2" L: 2" CONDITION: Chip to base. Loss of two bone components held in hands. Possible chips to bone "horns". Unless otherwise stated, all information provided is the opinion of our specialists. Should you have any specific questions regarding the condition of this lot, please use the ask question button or send us an email.

              Akiba Galleries
            • RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998) NORTHWEST COAST CARVED
              Aug. 29, 2023

              RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998) NORTHWEST COAST CARVED

              Est: $2,000 - $3,000

              ARGILLITE TOTEM. Polished totem carved with an eagle at the crest above a seated bird with bared teeth, above a second seated bird with tablet in its teeth over a seated animal with bared teeth and paw feet on a square base with molded edge, carved at the corners. Underside of base is signed "Carved by Rufus Moody, Skidgate Mission...". SIZE: 20 1/2" h. CONDITION: very good with original surface. (05-690/TG). $2,000-3,000.

              Poulin Antiques & Auctions
            • Rufus Moody (Haida, 1923-1998) Argillite Totem
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Rufus Moody (Haida, 1923-1998) Argillite Totem

              Est: $1,000 - $2,000

              This is an outstanding carved solid argillite totem from renowned Haida master, Rufus Moody (Haida, 1923-1998) which is correctly signed. Rufus Moody (1923-1998) was a Haida artist and carver born at Skidegate on Haida Gwaii, the son of Arthur Moody and grandson of Thomas Moody, who were also prominent carvers. Rufus Moody belonged to the Tanu Wolf Clan. He was the uncle of Haida jeweller and carver, Garner Moody. In addition to being known as one of the most prolific argillite carvers of the twentieth century, Rufus was very well-known for teaching younger artists to carve argillite. He taught artists such as Guujaaw and Wayne Wilson. Rufus produced the tallest argillite pole in the world, which stands 6-feet tall, and is housed in Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology. He also has a massive argillite pole in the Queen Charlotte Museum in Skidegate. Rufus received the Order of Canada in 1976 for his role as an established argillite carver and a teacher of the Arts. Rufus passed away in 1998. This authentic example is comprised of solid argillite with squared stepped and carved base with traditional Haida carved totem pole. The bottom is signed "Rufus Moody (Epy?) c.m." and correctly matches other authentic examples. Rufus's works are highly collectible with one such piece selling for $27,060 (CAD w/ bp) at a June 2022 First Arts Premier sale. This example is well kept overall with one very small chip at the top backside of the totems ear. Measures overall 5.25"H and 2" by 1 7/8" base. The totem is carved from argillite, a dark, slate-like stone that is found only on the islands of Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Argillite has been used by Haida artists for centuries, and is prized for its rich color and fine grain, which allows for intricate carving. The use of argillite in totem carvings is a hallmark of Haida art, and is one of the reasons why Haida carvings are so highly valued by collectors and art enthusiasts. The history of argillite totem carvings dates back centuries, to a time when the Haida people used the stone to carve everyday objects such as bowls, boxes, and pipes. Over time, Haida carvers began to use argillite to create more elaborate and intricate works of art, including totem poles and figurines. In the 19th century, as Europeans began to arrive in Haida Gwaii, the demand for Haida carvings grew. Argillite totem carvings became especially popular among collectors, and Haida artists began to produce more and more intricate and elaborate works to meet this demand. Today, argillite totem carvings are highly prized by collectors and art enthusiasts around the world. They are a testament to the skill and artistry of the Haida people, and a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

              North American Auction Company
            • Rufus Moody, 16 x 6 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (40.6 x 15.6 x 12.1 cm.)
              Apr. 20, 2023

              Rufus Moody, 16 x 6 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (40.6 x 15.6 x 12.1 cm.)

              Est: $2,000 - $3,000

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite model pole replicating Chief Skedan's memorial pole that once was in Skidegate, signed.

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • RUFUS MOODY HAIDA ARGILLITE CARVED TOTEM
              Jan. 21, 2023

              RUFUS MOODY HAIDA ARGILLITE CARVED TOTEM

              Est: $1,500 - $2,000

              Rufus Moody (1923-1998) Haida carved Argillite Totem Pole sculpture. Signed to underside and marked Skidegate Mission. Measures 15 3/4" height. Includes Haida, Their Art and Culture book by Leslie Drew. Printed in 1989.

              Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery
            • RUFUS MOODY (British Columbia, 1923-1998), Carved argillite totem., Height 20.5".
              Nov. 17, 2022

              RUFUS MOODY (British Columbia, 1923-1998), Carved argillite totem., Height 20.5".

              Est: $4,000 - $6,000

              RUFUS MOODY British Columbia, 1923-1998 Carved argillite totem. Inscribed under base "Carved by Rufus Moody Skidgate Mission".

              Eldred's
            • Rufus Moody, 8 3/4 in. (22.23 cm.) h.
              Oct. 26, 2022

              Rufus Moody, 8 3/4 in. (22.23 cm.) h.

              Est: $900 - $1,200

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite pole depicting Killer Whale atop Sea Bear, signed to the base.

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody Haida Argillite Longhouse Model
              Aug. 25, 2022

              Rufus Moody Haida Argillite Longhouse Model

              Est: $1,000 - $2,000

              Rufus Moody (1923-1998 Haida) Argillite Longhouse Model 10''x11''x9''. Exceptional carved house model with inlaid abalone eyes. It has a central eagle bear raven whale totem. Signed on front edge. It has three repaired panels, possibly original to its manufacture. Also a few minor edge flakes.

              MBA Seattle Auction LLC
            • RUFUS MOODY (SKIDGATE MISSION, B.C. CANADA, 1923-1998)
              Aug. 29, 2021

              RUFUS MOODY (SKIDGATE MISSION, B.C. CANADA, 1923-1998)

              Est: $7,000 - $9,000

              Northwest Coast Haida Qwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) Totem carved in argillite (black slate), having four figures: Eagle, Killer Whale, Raven with Longhouse in Beak and Beaver, signed on the underside, 20 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 4 1/4". Good condition. Rufus received the Order of Canada in 1976 for his role as an established argillite carver and a teacher of the Arts.

              Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
            • Mid 20th C. Haida Argillite Eagle Pendant - Rufus Moody
              Aug. 27, 2020

              Mid 20th C. Haida Argillite Eagle Pendant - Rufus Moody

              Est: $1,200 - $1,800

              Native American, northern Pacific Northwest coast, Haida from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Island), British Columbia, ca. mid 20th century CE, carved by Rufus Moody (1923-1998) and signed on reverse with "Rufus Moody Esq. Skidegate B.C.". A gorgeous black argillite pendant, hand carved by a Haida artisan, of disc form. It features a standing eagle with its wings open to reveal stylized orca eyes on their interiors. These massive eyes gaze outward at the viewer. The eagle clutches a large fish in its talons and is against a lightly incised background of crosshatching. A perforation for suspension is drilled through the upper part of the pendant. Size: 1.7" W (4.3 cm) From the Spirit Wrestler Gallery of Vancouver: "Rufus Moody was born in Skidegate village, Haida Gwaii, on the Queen Charlotte Islands. He began his carving career well after the smallpox epidemic of the late 19th century (which decimated the Haida population from over 8000 to about 800), and well before the cultural and artistic resurgence of the early 1960s. While much of the culture was being pushed towards extinction through assimilation, argillite carving was still being promoted and encouraged by a very small existing market. Rufus Moody is the son of Arthur Moody and grandson of Thomas, both who were renowned argillite carvers. The three generations of artists created a hereditary style, which was distinctive from other argillite artists. Rufus made his living solely as an artist and became one of the most prolific artists in the medium. In the late 1950s, Rufus Moody in Skidegate and Claude Davidson in Masset began a teaching program to encourage and teach young Haida artists to carve. At the time, argillite was more readily available in larger pieces and Rufus began to carve very large works. He is accredited with carving the largest argillite pole, although there is some dispute over which of his major works is truly the largest. One of these poles is in the Museum of Anthropology, while another is in the Queen Charlotte Museum in Skidegate. A third is in a private collection and the fourth is in a corporate collection in downtown Vancouver. Rufus continued to carve argillite. He is included in many museum, corporate, and private collections, and his extensive exhibition record has never been accurately documented." Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #152620

              Artemis Gallery
            • A Rufus Moody carved argillite totem pole, 6 x 2 in. (15.2 x 5 cm)
              Jul. 24, 2020

              A Rufus Moody carved argillite totem pole, 6 x 2 in. (15.2 x 5 cm)

              Est: $600 - $700

              A Rufus Moody carved argillite totem pole, depicting an Eagle sitting on a Killer Whale, signed to base. 6 x 2 in. (15.2 x 5 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, 12 1/2 x 3 x 3 7/8 in. (31.8 x 7.6 x 9.8 cm)
              Jul. 24, 2020

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, 12 1/2 x 3 x 3 7/8 in. (31.8 x 7.6 x 9.8 cm)

              Est: $1,250 - $1,750

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, depicting Eagle, Bear with Salmon, Salmon, and Thunderbird, signed and dated 1974. 12 1/2 x 3 x 3 7/8 in. (31.8 x 7.6 x 9.8 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, 12 x 3 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (30.5 x 7.9 x 9.5 cm)
              Jul. 24, 2020

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, 12 x 3 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (30.5 x 7.9 x 9.5 cm)

              Est: $1,250 - $1,750

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, depicting Eagle, Wolf and Raven, signed and dated 1974. 12 x 3 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (30.5 x 7.9 x 9.5 cm) Other Notes: chip to base

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Mid 20th C. Haida Argillite Eagle Pendant - Rufus Moody
              May. 21, 2020

              Mid 20th C. Haida Argillite Eagle Pendant - Rufus Moody

              Est: $1,200 - $1,800

              Native American, northern Pacific Northwest coast, Haida from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Island), British Columbia, ca. mid 20th century CE, carved by Rufus Moody (1923-1998) and signed on reverse with "Rufus Moody Esq. Skidegate B.C.". A gorgeous black argillite pendant, hand carved by a Haida artisan, of disc form. It features a standing eagle with its wings open to reveal stylized orca eyes on their interiors. These massive eyes gaze outward at the viewer. The eagle clutches a large fish in its talons and is against a lightly incised background of crosshatching. A perforation for suspension is drilled through the upper part of the pendant. Size: 1.7" W (4.3 cm) From the Spirit Wrestler Gallery of Vancouver: "Rufus Moody was born in Skidegate village, Haida Gwaii, on the Queen Charlotte Islands. He began his carving career well after the smallpox epidemic of the late 19th century (which decimated the Haida population from over 8000 to about 800), and well before the cultural and artistic resurgence of the early 1960s. While much of the culture was being pushed towards extinction through assimilation, argillite carving was still being promoted and encouraged by a very small existing market. Rufus Moody is the son of Arthur Moody and grandson of Thomas, both who were renowned argillite carvers. The three generations of artists created a hereditary style, which was distinctive from other argillite artists. Rufus made his living solely as an artist and became one of the most prolific artists in the medium. In the late 1950s, Rufus Moody in Skidegate and Claude Davidson in Masset began a teaching program to encourage and teach young Haida artists to carve. At the time, argillite was more readily available in larger pieces and Rufus began to carve very large works. He is accredited with carving the largest argillite pole, although there is some dispute over which of his major works is truly the largest. One of these poles is in the Museum of Anthropology, while another is in the Queen Charlotte Museum in Skidegate. A third is in a private collection and the fourth is in a corporate collection in downtown Vancouver. Rufus continued to carve argillite. He is included in many museum, corporate, and private collections, and his extensive exhibition record has never been accurately documented." Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #152620

              Artemis Gallery
            • Early Rufus Porter Moody Theatrical Photograph
              Nov. 30, 2019

              Early Rufus Porter Moody Theatrical Photograph

              Est: $200 - $400

              Early Rufus Moody Photograph (1873-1922) Signed "To Vera with best wishes Andy" Blind stamped Moody, NY Stamped on reverse with his first address of 243 W. 42nd St., New York. He left this location in 1917. Moody a famous New York City theatrical photographer and the primary photographer of Mary Pickford, Gertrude McCoy, Maude Fealy, Valeska Suratt, & Violet Mersereau Photographer: Rufus Moody Signed: Signed "Andy" Dated: Circa 1913 Medium: Gelatin Silver Print Demensions: 10 x 7" Country/Origin: US Notes & Literature: A native of Kentucky, R.P. Moody developed a love of photography in his twenties and became a successful amateur during the first decade of the 20th century while working as a picture framer on 5th Avenue in Nashville, Tennesse. In 1908, on the advice of friends, he established a portrait gallery, the Rock City Art Studio, a venture that proved sufficiently successful to bankroll a move to New York City in 1913. He announced his intention in the photographic press to concentrate exclusively on theatrical photography. He established his first studio at 243 W. 42nd Street, investing in the latest high intensity spot lamps with a flash mechanism and began working. A reporter observed in 1915, Moody "has devised a light controlled by electricity that gives him an absolutely instantaneous illumination, so bright that a picture can be taken in a hundredth part of a second or less . . . The electric button in his hand gives him his picture at any instant he may choose." Moody thought exposure speed was the key to capturing expression, and so marked a development beyond Benjamin J. Falk, the first proponent of the instantaneous capture of personality in stage portraiture. Unlike his competitors in New York City, Frank Geisler and Ira L. Hill, Moody eschewed backgrounds, making lighting the chief determinant of an image's effect. While particular repute lay in being identified as a theatrical photographer, Moody, like Frank Puffer, cultivated motion picture performers as well, particularly New York studio based ingénues. His dramatic shades and intense light gave a modeled look to faces. Cheeks and chins became his specialty, and he retouched the flesh to make the cheeks perfectly smooth—an effect that drew clients to his studio. Mary Pickford visited in 1915 sitting for one of the most famous portraits of her career, one of the few images that Moody copyrighted. Most of his production was work for hire, providing performers or studios with publicity portraits. Within a year of moving to New York, in late April 1914, R.P. Moody’s wife of two years, Octavia Whetstone Moody, left him to live with her parents in Philadelphia. In the ensuing months, Moody sued the parents for alienation of affections, a charge Octavia denied vehemently in the press, arguing instead that R.P.’s possessive and dictatorial behavior drove her away: "I was compelled to remain in the apartment, forbidden to read poetry and good literature, and was forced to study arithmetic and books in the elementary grade. My husband acted as the instructor and said these books were of greater importance to develop my mind than reading fiction. I was forced to do my own housework and then aid with the photography. But when a fat woman, a rope walk, who used to go around in tights, to whom my husband rented a room, was continually in his company, I objected." A divorce was granted in 1916. After the divorce he moved the studio to 1529 Broadway. Though he remained a performing arts photographer until his death at age 49 in 1922, the fashion for Moody's photographs declined after 1917 when a younger generation of artful photographers captured the eyes of the national magazine editors. Condition Report Small stain top left corner. Very good. Subject References: Bulletin of Photography 12 (1913), 760. "Husband Barred Poetry, Made Her Study Arithmetic, Wife Charges," Washington Post (Jun 13, 1915), 3. "Teaching the Camera to Make You Beautiful," Cleveland Plain Dealer (Oct 10, 1915), 72. David S. Shields/ALS

              Orange County Estate Liquidators
            • Rufus Moody, 7 in. (17.8 cm) h.
              Jul. 10, 2019

              Rufus Moody, 7 in. (17.8 cm) h.

              Est: $600 - $800

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, depicting Killer Whale and Raven, signed and dated to the base 5/11/1973. 7 in. (17.8 cm) h. Other Notes: chip to tail

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (14.3 x 13 x 10.5 cm)
              Jul. 10, 2019

              Rufus Moody, 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (14.3 x 13 x 10.5 cm)

              Est: $600 - $800

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite pedestal dish, the oval dish decorated with whale design, the pedestal decorated with an image of Thuderbird and another winged figure, signed and dated 5/19/1973. 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (14.3 x 13 x 10.5 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, 1 1/4 x 9 x 5 3/8 in. (3.2 x 22.9 x 13.7 cm)
              Jul. 10, 2019

              Rufus Moody, 1 1/4 x 9 x 5 3/8 in. (3.2 x 22.9 x 13.7 cm)

              Est: $700 - $900

              Rufus Moody, an oval carved argillite dish decorated with an image of Halibut and Eagle, signed and dated to the base 8/6/75. 1 1/4 x 9 x 5 3/8 in. (3.2 x 22.9 x 13.7 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Attributed to Rufus Moody, 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) h.
              Jul. 10, 2019

              Attributed to Rufus Moody, 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) h.

              Est: $500 - $700

              Attributed to Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, depicting Raven atop Beaver, unsigned. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) h.

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm) h.
              Jul. 10, 2019

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm) h.

              Est: $700 - $900

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole, depicting Raven, Bear and Eagle, signed to the base and dated 7/29/75. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm) h. Other Notes: chip noted to ear

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm) h.
              Jul. 10, 2019

              Rufus Moody, 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm) h.

              Est: $1,000 - $1,500

              Rufus Moody, an argillite carving of a house post, signed to the base and dated 5/1/75. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm) h.

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Early Rufus Porter Moody Theatrical Photograph
              Jun. 16, 2018

              Early Rufus Porter Moody Theatrical Photograph

              Est: $200 - $400

              Early Rufus Moody Photograph (1873-1922) Signed "To Vera with best wishes Andy" Blind stamped Moody, NY Stamped on reverse with his first address of 243 W. 42nd St., New York. He left this location in 1917. Moody a famous New York City theatrical photographer and the primary photographer of Mary Pickford, Gertrude McCoy, Maude Fealy, Valeska Suratt, & Violet Mersereau Photographer: Rufus Moody Signed: Signed "Andy" Dated: Circa 1913 Medium: Gelatin Silver Print Demensions: 10 x 7" Country/Origin: US Notes & Literature: A native of Kentucky, R.P. Moody developed a love of photography in his twenties and became a successful amateur during the first decade of the 20th century while working as a picture framer on 5th Avenue in Nashville, Tennesse. In 1908, on the advice of friends, he established a portrait gallery, the Rock City Art Studio, a venture that proved sufficiently successful to bankroll a move to New York City in 1913. He announced his intention in the photographic press to concentrate exclusively on theatrical photography. He established his first studio at 243 W. 42nd Street, investing in the latest high intensity spot lamps with a flash mechanism and began working. A reporter observed in 1915, Moody "has devised a light controlled by electricity that gives him an absolutely instantaneous illumination, so bright that a picture can be taken in a hundredth part of a second or less . . . The electric button in his hand gives him his picture at any instant he may choose." Moody thought exposure speed was the key to capturing expression, and so marked a development beyond Benjamin J. Falk, the first proponent of the instantaneous capture of personality in stage portraiture. Unlike his competitors in New York City, Frank Geisler and Ira L. Hill, Moody eschewed backgrounds, making lighting the chief determinant of an image's effect. While particular repute lay in being identified as a theatrical photographer, Moody, like Frank Puffer, cultivated motion picture performers as well, particularly New York studio based ingénues. His dramatic shades and intense light gave a modeled look to faces. Cheeks and chins became his specialty, and he retouched the flesh to make the cheeks perfectly smooth—an effect that drew clients to his studio. Mary Pickford visited in 1915 sitting for one of the most famous portraits of her career, one of the few images that Moody copyrighted. Most of his production was work for hire, providing performers or studios with publicity portraits. Within a year of moving to New York, in late April 1914, R.P. Moody’s wife of two years, Octavia Whetstone Moody, left him to live with her parents in Philadelphia. In the ensuing months, Moody sued the parents for alienation of affections, a charge Octavia denied vehemently in the press, arguing instead that R.P.’s possessive and dictatorial behavior drove her away: "I was compelled to remain in the apartment, forbidden to read poetry and good literature, and was forced to study arithmetic and books in the elementary grade. My husband acted as the instructor and said these books were of greater importance to develop my mind than reading fiction. I was forced to do my own housework and then aid with the photography. But when a fat woman, a rope walk, who used to go around in tights, to whom my husband rented a room, was continually in his company, I objected." A divorce was granted in 1916. After the divorce he moved the studio to 1529 Broadway. Though he remained a performing arts photographer until his death at age 49 in 1922, the fashion for Moody's photographs declined after 1917 when a younger generation of artful photographers captured the eyes of the national magazine editors. Condition Report Small stain top left corner. Very good. Subject References: Bulletin of Photography 12 (1913), 760. "Husband Barred Poetry, Made Her Study Arithmetic, Wife Charges," Washington Post (Jun 13, 1915), 3. "Teaching the Camera to Make You Beautiful," Cleveland Plain Dealer (Oct 10, 1915), 72. David S. Shields/ALS

              Orange County Estate Liquidators
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Dogfish and Cormorant, signed to the base 8 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (21.6 x 6.4...
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Dogfish and Cormorant, signed to the base 8 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (21.6 x 6.4...

              Est: $600 - $800

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Dogfish and Cormorant, signed to the base 8 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (21.6 x 6.4 x 6.7 cm) Other Notes: -loss to tail of Dogfish,

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, an oval carved argillite pendant with Eagle design, having a silver mount and chain 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (4.1 x 3.8 cm)
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, an oval carved argillite pendant with Eagle design, having a silver mount and chain 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (4.1 x 3.8 cm)

              Est: $125 - $175

              Rufus Moody, an oval carved argillite pendant with Eagle design, having a silver mount and chain 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (4.1 x 3.8 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle atop Killer Whale, signed to the base 6 x 1 3/4 x 2 in. (15.2 x 4.4 x 5.1...
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle atop Killer Whale, signed to the base 6 x 1 3/4 x 2 in. (15.2 x 4.4 x 5.1...

              Est: $600 - $800

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle atop Killer Whale, signed to the base 6 x 1 3/4 x 2 in. (15.2 x 4.4 x 5.1 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Killer Whale, Raven holding Frog in his beak, and Bear holding Salmon, s...
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Killer Whale, Raven holding Frog in his beak, and Bear holding Salmon, s...

              Est: $900 - $1,200

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Killer Whale, Raven holding Frog in his beak, and Bear holding Salmon, signed 9 in. h. (22.9 cm) Other Notes: -chip to base

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Killer Whale and Eagle holding Salmon, signed to the base 7 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 3/8...
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Killer Whale and Eagle holding Salmon, signed to the base 7 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 3/8...

              Est: $750 - $1,000

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Killer Whale and Eagle holding Salmon, signed to the base 7 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a square highly carved lidded argillite box, 5 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (12.7 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm)
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, a square highly carved lidded argillite box, 5 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (12.7 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm)

              Est: $2,000 - $3,000

              Rufus Moody, a square highly carved argillite lidded box, the top decorated with an image of an octopus, each side decorated with an individual image, signed to the underside of lid, 5 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (12.7 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite oval dish decorated with an image of Killer Whale, signed to the base 1 1/16 x 9 x 5 in. (2.7 x 22.9...
              May. 04, 2018

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite oval dish decorated with an image of Killer Whale, signed to the base 1 1/16 x 9 x 5 in. (2.7 x 22.9...

              Est: $1,000 - $1,500

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite oval dish decorated with an image of Killer Whale, signed to the base 1 1/16 x 9 x 5 in. (2.7 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Attributed to Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Raven and Beaver height: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
              Oct. 18, 2017

              Attributed to Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Raven and Beaver height: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)

              Est: $150 - $250

              Attributed to Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Raven and Beaver height: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Early Rufus Porter Moody Theatrical Photograph
              Oct. 07, 2017

              Early Rufus Porter Moody Theatrical Photograph

              Est: $200 - $400

              Early Rufus Moody Photograph (1873-1922) Signed "To Vera with best wishes Andy" Blind stamped Moody, NY Stamped on reverse with his first address of 243 W. 42nd St., New York. He left this location in 1917. Moody a famous New York City theatrical photographer and the primary photographer of Mary Pickford, Gertrude McCoy, Maude Fealy, Valeska Suratt, & Violet Mersereau Photographer: Rufus Moody Signed: Signed "Andy" Dated: Circa 1913 Medium: Gelatin Silver Print Demensions: 10 x 7" Country/Origin: US Notes: A native of Kentucky, R.P. Moody developed a love of photography in his twenties and became a successful amateur during the first decade of the 20th century while working as a picture framer on 5th Avenue in Nashville, Tennesse. In 1908, on the advice of friends, he established a portrait gallery, the Rock City Art Studio, a venture that proved sufficiently successful to bankroll a move to New York City in 1913. He announced his intention in the photographic press to concentrate exclusively on theatrical photography. He established his first studio at 243 W. 42nd Street, investing in the latest high intensity spot lamps with a flash mechanism and began working. A reporter observed in 1915, Moody "has devised a light controlled by electricity that gives him an absolutely instantaneous illumination, so bright that a picture can be taken in a hundredth part of a second or less . . . The electric button in his hand gives him his picture at any instant he may choose." Moody thought exposure speed was the key to capturing expression, and so marked a development beyond Benjamin J. Falk, the first proponent of the instantaneous capture of personality in stage portraiture. Unlike his competitors in New York City, Frank Geisler and Ira L. Hill, Moody eschewed backgrounds, making lighting the chief determinant of an image's effect. While particular repute lay in being identified as a theatrical photographer, Moody, like Frank Puffer, cultivated motion picture performers as well, particularly New York studio based ingénues. His dramatic shades and intense light gave a modeled look to faces. Cheeks and chins became his specialty, and he retouched the flesh to make the cheeks perfectly smooth—an effect that drew clients to his studio. Mary Pickford visited in 1915 sitting for one of the most famous portraits of her career, one of the few images that Moody copyrighted. Most of his production was work for hire, providing performers or studios with publicity portraits. Within a year of moving to New York, in late April 1914, R.P. Moody’s wife of two years, Octavia Whetstone Moody, left him to live with her parents in Philadelphia. In the ensuing months, Moody sued the parents for alienation of affections, a charge Octavia denied vehemently in the press, arguing instead that R.P.’s possessive and dictatorial behavior drove her away: "I was compelled to remain in the apartment, forbidden to read poetry and good literature, and was forced to study arithmetic and books in the elementary grade. My husband acted as the instructor and said these books were of greater importance to develop my mind than reading fiction. I was forced to do my own housework and then aid with the photography. But when a fat woman, a rope walk, who used to go around in tights, to whom my husband rented a room, was continually in his company, I objected." A divorce was granted in 1916. After the divorce he moved the studio to 1529 Broadway. Though he remained a performing arts photographer until his death at age 49 in 1922, the fashion for Moody's photographs declined after 1917 when a younger generation of artful photographers captured the eyes of the national magazine editors. Literature: Bulletin of Photography 12 (1913), 760. "Husband Barred Poetry, Made Her Study Arithmetic, Wife Charges," Washington Post (Jun 13, 1915), 3. "Teaching the Camera to Make You Beautiful," Cleveland Plain Dealer (Oct 10, 1915), 72. David S. Shields/ALS Condition Report Small stain top left corner. Very good.

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            • Rufus Moody (Haida, 1923-1998) Argillite Totem Pole
              Sep. 23, 2017

              Rufus Moody (Haida, 1923-1998) Argillite Totem Pole

              Est: $600 - $800

              Argillite totem pole; features an eagle, dogfish, raven, and transforming human figure; signed on back by Rufus Moody; height 7.5 in. fourth quarter 20th century

              Cowan's Auctions
            • RUFUS MOODY, C.M., QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS/HAIDA GWAII, LIDDED BOX, ALL FOUR SIDES RELIEF CARVED WITH FROG IMAGERY & INSET DETAIL, THE FEET OF THE VESSEL CARVED AS INDIVIDUAL FROGS ALSO WITH INSET EYES, argillite, abalone shell, 5 ins x 8.5 ins x 9
              May. 30, 2016

              RUFUS MOODY, C.M., QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS/HAIDA GWAII, LIDDED BOX, ALL FOUR SIDES RELIEF CARVED WITH FROG IMAGERY & INSET DETAIL, THE FEET OF THE VESSEL CARVED AS INDIVIDUAL FROGS ALSO WITH INSET EYES, argillite, abalone shell, 5 ins x 8.5 ins x 9

              Est: $6,000 - $9,000

              RUFUS MOODY, C.M., QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS/HAIDA GWAIILIDDED BOX, ALL FOUR SIDES RELIEF CARVED WITH FROG IMAGERY & INSET DETAIL, THE FEET OF THE VESSEL CARVED AS INDIVIDUAL FROGS ALSO WITH INSET EYESargillite, abalone shellsigned in Roman 5 ins x 8.5 ins x 9 ins; 12.7 cms x 21.6 cms x 22.9 cms Note:One of three generations of Haida artists, Rufus Moody began carving in the 1940s in the style of his grandfather, Thomas and father, Arthur. Working primarily in argillite from Skidegate, which he mined himself, Moody created a variety of intricate works, from relief carved totem poles to model longhouses. In the 1950s he began to carve on a larger scale. His work is admired internationally and appears in museums, private and corporate collections. While the Haida have been carving argillite for trade since the 1820s, mostly as panel pipes and model totem poles, carving argillite boxes began in the 1880s and were inspired by the larger bentwood boxes from the northern part of the Northwest Coast. This ingenious work from Moody combines both skill and design. Each side is carved with a different design and each has inlaid abalone shell to highlight the eyes, including the lid which depicts faces seemingly arranged around a drum or blanket. Traditionally, frogs were carved on house posts to prevent them from falling down. This piece utilizes frogs to uphold all four corners of the box.

              Waddington's
            • Attr to RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998), carved Haida argillite
              Mar. 19, 2016

              Attr to RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998), carved Haida argillite

              Est: $200 - $300

              Attributed to RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998), carved Haida argillite totem pole of three figures, unsigned. 10-1/2''h. Two small chips to man's hat brim, possible loss to man's nose.

              South Bay Auctions Inc
            • RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998), carved Haida argillite
              Mar. 19, 2016

              RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998), carved Haida argillite

              Est: $500 - $700

              RUFUS MOODY (1923-1998), carved Haida argillite totem pole of four figures, signed on bottom. 12-1/4''h.

              South Bay Auctions Inc
            • Rufus Moody, an argilllite pole depicting Eagle, Killer whale, Raven holding Sun, height: 11 1/4 in.
              Oct. 28, 2015

              Rufus Moody, an argilllite pole depicting Eagle, Killer whale, Raven holding Sun, height: 11 1/4 in.

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              Rufus Moody, an argillite pole depicting Eagle, Killer whale, Raven holding Sun, and Man holding Sun, signed to the base height: 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Bear with Killer whale in its mouth, and Hawk man with Salmon, signed to...
              Oct. 28, 2015

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Bear with Killer whale in its mouth, and Hawk man with Salmon, signed to...

              Est: $700 - $900

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite totem pole depicting Eagle, Bear with Killer whale in its mouth, and Hawk man with Salmon, signed to the base 12 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (30.5 x 9.5 x 10.8 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody (1923-1998)
              Nov. 03, 2013

              Rufus Moody (1923-1998)

              Est: $4,000 - $6,000

              Skidegate, B.C., 1960s or 1970s; Totem Pole; Argillite; 19.75 x 3.25 x 5 in, 50.2 x 8.3x 12.7 cm; Signed "Carved by Rufus Moody Skidegate BC" Skidegate BC"; Provenance: Lorne Balshine Collection

              Walker's
            • Rufus Moody, argillite two figure pole depicting Killer Whale and Eagle, signed to the base Rufus Moody Skidegate, BC
              Oct. 23, 2013

              Rufus Moody, argillite two figure pole depicting Killer Whale and Eagle, signed to the base Rufus Moody Skidegate, BC

              Est: $200 - $300

              Rufus Moody, argillite two figure pole depicting Killer Whale and Eagle, signed to the base Rufus Moody Skidegate, BC height: 5 in. (12.7 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite ashtray, the tray decorated with the image of a Salmon, with a Raven perched atop a post,
              Oct. 23, 2013

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite ashtray, the tray decorated with the image of a Salmon, with a Raven perched atop a post,

              Est: $400 - $600

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite ashtray, the tray decorated with the image of a Salmon, with a Raven perched atop a post, signed to the base. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (10.8 x 14 x 8 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, an oval argillite plate, the interior decorated with Salmon design, signed 1/2 in. h. x 8 1/2 in. l. x 3 13/16 in. (1.3 x
              Oct. 23, 2013

              Rufus Moody, an oval argillite plate, the interior decorated with Salmon design, signed 1/2 in. h. x 8 1/2 in. l. x 3 13/16 in. (1.3 x

              Est: $700 - $900

              Rufus Moody, an oval argillite plate, the interior decorated with Salmon design, signed 1/2 in. h. x 8 1/2 in. l. x 3 13/16 in. (1.3 x 21.5 x 9.6 cm)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody 1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous
              Nov. 26, 2011

              Rufus Moody 1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous

              Est: $3,000 - $5,000

              Rufus Moody 1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous argillite sculpture Haida Carving 15 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 4 5/8 inches 38.4 x 9.8 x 11.7 centimeters on verso signed, titled and inscribed ""Skidigate Mission, Q.C.I., B.C."" Provenance:Private Collection, Ontario

              Heffel
            • RUFUS MOODYHAIDA TOTEM
              Nov. 22, 2010

              RUFUS MOODYHAIDA TOTEM

              Est: $2,500 - $3,500

              RUFUS MOODYHAIDA TOTEM, argillite relief carving, signed and inscribed"Skidegate Mission, BC"height 12 3/4 ins ; 32.4 cms

              Waddington's
            • RUFUS MOODYHAIDA TOTEM
              Nov. 22, 2010

              RUFUS MOODYHAIDA TOTEM

              Est: $3,000 - $5,000

              RUFUS MOODYHAIDA TOTEM, argillite relief carving, signed and inscribed"Skidegate Mission, BC"height 14 ins ; 35.5 cms

              Waddington's
            • Attributed to Rufus Moody, a Haida carved
              Oct. 27, 2010

              Attributed to Rufus Moody, a Haida carved

              Est: $500 - $700

              Attributed to Rufus Moody, a Haida carved argillite three figure pole 7 in. h. (repaired)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody, a carved argillite three figure model
              Oct. 27, 2010

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite three figure model

              Est: $700 - $900

              Rufus Moody, a carved argillite three figure model pole, depicting Raven, Eagle and Hawk, signed 9 3/4 in. h. (repair)

              Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
            • Rufus Moody (1923-98) Haida Argillite Totem Pole
              Mar. 26, 2010

              Rufus Moody (1923-98) Haida Argillite Totem Pole

              Est: $3,000 - $4,000

              Rufus Moody (1923-98) Haida Argillite Totem Pole Four figure totem depicting an eagle, raven, bear, and beaver; signed on base, height 15.5 in. mid 20th century Excellent.

              Cowan's Auctions
            • Rufus Moody 1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous
              Nov. 26, 2009

              Rufus Moody 1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous

              Est: $3,000 - $5,000

              Rufus Moody 1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous argillite sculpture Haida Totem 18 1/2 x 4 x 4 1/2 inches 47 x 10.2 x 11.4 centimeters signed and on verso inscribed """"carved by Rufus Moody, Skidegate Mission, BC"""" Provenance:Marius Barbeau, Ottawa Private Collection, Toronto "

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