Some of the pieces in the Coe collection are more ambiguous than others.
This small beaded case stands out as holding more questions than answers. The handwork of this case is stunning, from the tightly woven interior basketry to the intricate design and beadwork.
Sometimes all that we have to work from when a piece’s maker or even function is unknown is the story of its provenance. Ted Coe purchased this particular work from Jimmy Economos, a well-known Santa Fe art dealer, with whom he maintained a longstanding relationship as an enthusiastic client. The path of the piece before it came into Ted’s hands is much more interesting. Curious? Learn more here.