Well Documented Borein Watercolor

Lot 172: Edward Borein (1872 - 1945)

Trail Drive
8 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Signed lower right: Edward Borein
Framed to 17 1/4" x 17 3/8"

Exhibitions: “Ed Borein: The Real Thing,” Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, 5/15/1992-9/7/1992, pictured on the front of the catalog (included).
“Edward Borein: The Update, The Watercolors and Drawings,” Harold Davidson, Santa Barbara 1991, pictured page 161.
“Edward Borein: On the Range,” Nevada Museum of Art, 12/10/1999-2/6/2000, listed on page 56.
Coloring the West: Watercolors and Oils by Edward Borein,” Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 10/25/2007-2/17/2008, pictured page 30. 

Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction - January 23, 2016
Sold $51,750


Early Silver Saddle

Lot 99: Moreno Santa Barbara Parade Saddle with Field Silver

Impressive, important and 100% original, circa 1890s-1910, J.A. Moreno, Santa Barbara, maker-marked Parade Saddle, with matching Bridle, attached to an early Field family Spade Bit, silver ferruled Reins, Breast Collar, and original Corona. Saddle is adorned with heavy gauge Edwin and John Field sterling silver and is believed to be the only saddle of its type ever made by Jacobo A. Moreno, a much-respected armorer and saddle maker who was born in Ventura, California in March, of 1857. Moreno was raised in Los Angeles but moved to Santa Barbara in the early 1870s where he was employed as a saddler by a number of firms between 1875 and 1904 including Francisco Moreno (his older brother), J. J. Eddleman, J M Forbes and his father, Juan Bautista Moreno. In Santa Barbara young Moreno would find legions of men on horseback who possessed the ego and the means to indulge themselves in the kind of masterworks that he could create.

The fully floral carved saddle's construction features an extremely narrow fork and high cantle, both trimmed in Field sterling silver. The saddle is adorned with ornate silver corner plates on the jockey and skirts, and includes a period carpeted corona with silver spots and scalloped Field conchos. The saddle is visually stunning in that it is fully covered with period Field family conchos in an array of sizes and shapes extending from the top of the horn to the tip of the tapaderos, and includes a heavily embellished matching Bridle, Breast Collar, and Reins with fancy ferrules plus a fabulous very early Field Santa Barbara Spade bit.

The saddle is reminiscent of the Dixie Thompson Loomis saddle owned by San Francisco deYoung Museum that set a world record for a Santa Barbara saddle last summer when it sold for close to $200,000 in Brian Lebel’s Fort Worth Old West Auction.

Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction - January 23, 2016
Sold 46,000

Dixie Thompson's Loomis Saddle

LOT 246 - Dixie Thompson's Custom Loomis Saddle Outfit.
Spectacular, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted saddle by Loomis Saddlery, with custom silver by the Tiffany-trained artist, Edwin Field. Complete with bit, headstall, breast collar, reins, martingale, cinch, skirt and lariat, all circa 1888-90. Commissioned by Santa Barbara capitalist, rancher and one-time sea captain, Dixie W. Thompson, the silverwork alone took over two years to complete, and was fashioned with bullion from Mexican silver dollars. Dixie rode the saddle in numerous parades, and it was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The saddle is discussed in detail in numerous newspaper articles of the time, including the May 4, 1896 “San Francisco Call”, which referred to the saddle as having “the reputation of being the most gorgeous thing of its kind in the world.”

Provenance: Dixie W. Thompson Estate; to M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA.
Proceeds to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s acquisition funds.

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction, June 6th, 2015
SOLD $195,500