argillite and bone, 12 x 7.5 x 1.125 in (30.5 x 19.1 x 3 cm)
ESTIMATE: $1,500 — $2,500
PRICE REALIZED: $1,440
Private Collection, British Columbia.
This late period platter probably originates in the Skidegate school. Unlike many platters from this era, the shark or dogfish imagery is still presented bilaterally, which indicates that the carver was still versed in the principles of formline.
References: See the discussion of late Haida platters, with photos of eight examples, in Peter L. Macnair and Alan L. Hoover, The Magic Leaves: A History of Haida Argillite Carving (Victoria: Royal BC Museum, 1984/2002), pp. 139-142.