Ptarmigan Vase

Photo: Sotheby’s

The vase (to be auctioned in New York this month for an estimated $120,000) was created at a time when Farnham had high hopes that the Ptarmigan gold, silver and copper mine in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains would yield him a fortune. Instead, the venture ruined him financially and destroyed his marriage to Sally James Farnham, a notable American sculptor. But the designer is remembered in the name of the peak where the mine was situated — Mount Farnham — and nearby Paulding Creek.

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