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Native American Indian antique basket, a Chemehuevi pictorial basket featuring lovely birds, attributed to basketmaker Mary Smith Hill, Chemehuevi, c. 1920. Main photo of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a Chemehuevi pictorial basket featuring lovely birds, attributed to basketmaker Mary Smith Hill, Chemehuevi, c. 1920. Side-view of the Chemehuevi Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a Chemehuevi pictorial basket featuring lovely birds, attributed to basketmaker Mary Smith Hill, Chemehuevi, c. 1920. Photo of the bottom of the Chemehuevi American Indian basket.
AC-2: Native American Indian antique basket, a Chemehuevi pictorial basket featuring lovely birds, attributed to basketmaker Mary Smith Hill, Chemehuevi, c. 1920. The weave is extremely fine, and condition is excellent. The basket is said to have come from the famous Birdie Brown collection of Chemehuevi baskets. Size: 7 1/4 inches diameter by 2 1/2 inches high. Price: $3200.

 

Native American Indian antique basket, a very fine Cupeno Indian basket from California, c. 1920. Main photo of the Cupeno Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very fine Cupeno Indian basket from California, c. 1920. Closeup photo of one side of the Cupeno Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very fine Cupeno Indian basket from California, c. 1920. Photo of the back side of the Cupeno Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very fine Cupeno Indian basket from California, c. 1920. Closeup photo of the tight weave of the Cupeno Indian basket.
ZZ-12: Native American Indian antique basket, a very fine Cupeno Indian basket from California, c. 1920. The basket is attributed to the famous Cupeno weaver, Mrs. Casilda Welmas of Pala Mission near San Diego (Source: Native American Basketry of Southern California, pp. 73 and 74). The materials are juncus and sumac, on a grass foundation. The basket is in good condition; there is some very minor rim-loss as shown in the photos, and it appears that someone has used an air-brush on portions of the light-colored sumac in the center-bottom of the basket, perhaps to remove some staining. The pricing of this beautiful piece reflects these conditions. Size: 14 inches diameter across the mouth. Price: $2000.

 

Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. Main photo of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. Photo shot from above the Indian basket, looking down. Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. Another angle of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. Closeup photo of the hand-written code of the famous Birdie Brown collection. Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. Closeup photo of the very tight weave of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. Another view of the side of the Indian basket.
WW-2: Native American Indian antique baskets, a fantastic and very finely woven Chemehuevi olla with wonderful, simple decorative elements, Needles, California or Parker, Arizona, c. 1920. The weave of this basket is an incredibly fine 13-14 stitches per inch! Near the base, the olla bears the hand-written code of the famous Birdie Brown/Livingston collection. Condition is excellent. Size: 4 1/2 inches high by 5 1/16 inches wide (at the widest part) by 4 1/2 inches diameter across the opening at the mouth.
SOLD. Thank you!

 

Native American Indian antique basket, a very beautiful, small Pima basket with geometric designs, Arizona, c. 1920. The Pima basket is well-woven (16 stiches per inch) and is very beautiful. Main photo of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very beautiful, small Pima basket with geometric designs, Arizona, c. 1920. The Pima basket is well-woven (16 stiches per inch) and is very beautiful. Photo shot from above and looking down on the inside of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very beautiful, small Pima basket with geometric designs, Arizona, c. 1920. The Pima basket is well-woven (16 stiches per inch) and is very beautiful. Photo of the bottom of the Pima Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very beautiful, small Pima basket with geometric designs, Arizona, c. 1920. The Pima basket is well-woven (16 stiches per inch) and is very beautiful. Another side view of the Pima Indian basket.
WW-7: Native American Indian antique basket, a very beautiful, small Pima basket with geometric designs, Arizona, c. 1920. The Pima basket is well-woven (16 stiches per inch) and is very beautiful. It has a herring-bone woven rim. It is in very good condition. Size: 4 1/2 inches diameter across the mouth by 2 inches high. Diameter across the circular base is 3 1/16 inches. Price: $375.

 

Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Main photo of the hat. Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Closeup photo. Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Closeup photo of an eagle woven into the Indian basketry hat. Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Closeup of a squirrel woven into the Indian basket hat. Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Closeup photo of a graceful deer woven into the Indian basket hat. Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Closeup photo of a wonderful doggie woven into the Indian basket hat. Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Photo showing the bottom and inside of the Indian basket hat.
VV-10: Native American Indian basket, a fantastic basketry hat by the famed contemporary basket-weaver, Abe Sanchez, from California, c. 1990. Abe Sanchez, of Californio and Purepecha (Michoacan, Mexico) background, is widely recognized as one of the best contemporary basket-weavers in the world. This hat is a beautiful example of Mission basketry (Southern California). All of the materials and techniques are faithful to the Mission style of weaving. Pieces by Abe Sanchez are treasured in many private and museum collections throughout California and the United States. Condition is excellent. SOLD. Thank you!

 

Native American Indian antique basket, a very rare and beautiful Chemehuevi basket in the shape of a graceful bowl, polychrome, and very finely woven, probably from the area near Needles, CA, and Parker, AZ, along the Colorado River, c. 1920. Main photo of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very rare and beautiful Chemehuevi basket in the shape of a graceful bowl, polychrome, and very finely woven, probably from the area near Needles, CA, and Parker, AZ, along the Colorado River, c. 1920. Another angle of the Chemehuevi Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very rare and beautiful Chemehuevi basket in the shape of a graceful bowl, polychrome, and very finely woven, probably from the area near Needles, CA, and Parker, AZ, along the Colorado River, c. 1920. Photo of the inside of the Chemehuevi Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a very rare and beautiful Chemehuevi basket in the shape of a graceful bowl, polychrome, and very finely woven, probably from the area near Needles, CA, and Parker, AZ, along the Colorado River, c. 1920. Another view of a side of the Native American Indian basket.
QQ-4: Native American Indian antique basket, a very rare and beautiful Chemehuevi basket in the shape of a graceful bowl, polychrome, and very finely woven, probably from the area near Needles, CA, and Parker, AZ, along the Colorado River, c. 1920. The Chemehuevi basket is woven of willow with devil's claw designs and wonderful golden juncus diamonds. This is an incredibly rare and beautiful Indian basket, and a collector's dream. Size: 4 1/4 inches wide (diameter at the widest part) by 2 3/4 inches high. The weave of the basket is incredibly fine, c. 17 stitches per inch. Price: $2250.

 

Native American Indian basket, a Klamath twined basket with the porcupine design on the sides, Klamath Indians of Northern California, c. 1910-20. Main photo of the Klamath Indian basket. Native American Indian basket, a Klamath twined basket with the porcupine design on the sides, Klamath Indians of Northern California, c. 1910-20. Photo from above the Klamath Indian basket. Native American Indian basket, a Klamath twined basket with the porcupine design on the sides, Klamath Indians of Northern California, c. 1910-20. Photo of the bottom of the Klamath Indian basket. Native American Indian basket, a Klamath twined basket with the porcupine design on the sides, Klamath Indians of Northern California, c. 1910-20. Closeup photo of the design on one side of the Klamath Indian basket.
PP-10: Native American Indian basket, a Klamath twined basket with the porcupine design on the sides, Klamath Indians of Northern California, c. 1910-20. This basket is exceptionally well woven and is a wonderful example of the great skill of the Klamath weavers. It is in very good condition. Size: 3 1/16 inches high by 5 1/2 diameter at the mouth. Price: $325.

 

Native American Indian antique basket, a finely woven Northwest Coast basket, woven around a Pond's Cold Cream Jar and lid, Nootka or Makah Indians, c. 1920's. Main photo of the Nootka or Makah Indian Basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a finely woven Northwest Coast basket, woven around a Pond's Cold Cream Jar and lid, Nootka or Makah Indians, c. 1920's. Photo showing the lid on top of the Northwest Coast Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a finely woven Northwest Coast basket, woven around a Pond's Cold Cream Jar and lid, Nootka or Makah Indians, c. 1920's. Another side of the Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a finely woven Northwest Coast basket, woven around a Pond's Cold Cream Jar and lid, Nootka or Makah Indians, c. 1920's. Photo showing the bottom of this Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, a finely woven Northwest Coast basket, woven around a Pond's Cold Cream Jar and lid, Nootka or Makah Indians, c. 1920's. Photo showing the inside of the Pond's Cold Cream jar and lid, around which the Northwest Coast Indian basket is woven.
PP-12: Native American Indian antique basket, a finely woven Northwest Coast basket, woven around a Pond's Cold Cream Jar and lid, Nootka or Makah Indians, c. 1920's. The weaving features wonderful eagles on two sides of the jar. Condition is excellent. Size: 2 1/2 inches diameter by 2 1/2 inches high. Price: $350.

 

Native American Indian basket, a very finely woven polychrome olla, Chemehuevi, c. 1920's. Main photo of the Chemehuevi Indian basket. Native American Indian basket, a very finely woven polychrome olla, Chemehuevi, c. 1920's. Closeup photo of the polychrome band around the middle of the Chemehuevi Indian basket. Native American Indian basket, a very finely woven polychrome olla, Chemehuevi, c. 1920's. Another photo of the Chemehuevi Indian basket. Native American Indian basket, a very finely woven polychrome olla, Chemehuevi, c. 1920's. A photo of the bottom of the Chemehuevi Indian basket.
LL-12: Native American Indian basket, a very finely woven polychrome olla, Chemehuevi, c. 1920's. The basket is beautifully shaped and finely woven, and the very simple decoration, a single band around the middle with beautiful yellow/orange juncus between the black bands of devils claw, is incredible! Condition is excellent. Size: 4 inches high by 4 1/2 inches wide at the middle (3 1/2 inches diameter across the mouth of the basket).
SOLD. Thank you!

 

Native American Indian antique Indian baskets, a very rare and unique Seminole basket, c. 1920's. Main photo of the Seminole Indian basket. Native American Indian antique Indian baskets, a very rare and unique Seminole basket, c. 1920's. Photo showing the outside of the Seminole Indian basket. Native American Indian antique Indian baskets, a very rare and unique Seminole basket, c. 1920's. Closeup photo showing the wonderfully fine weave of the Seminole Indian basket.
GG-21: Native American Indian antique Indian baskets, a very rare and unique Seminole basket, c. 1920's. These early Seminole baskets from the Southeastern United States are extremely rare, and this one is very lovely and in excellent condition. Size: 6 1/4 inches diameter across the top by 2 1/2 inches high. Price: $200.

 

Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. Main photo. Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. A closeup photo. Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. A closeup showing the fine stitches of the wicker plaque. Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. An even closer photo of the weaving. Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. A photo of the entire plaque. Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. A photo showing the unfaded back side of the plaque.
Y-4: Native American Indian antique basket, a Hopi wicker plaque with eagle design, c. 1930. The weaving on this plaque is very fine and in good condition. This is a wonderful piece for the collector of American Indian baskets! Condition is very good; there is fading of colors on the front side due to the way it was hung and displayed over the years (the last photo above shows the unfaded back side of the Hopi plaque). Size: 9 inches diameter. Price: $300.

 

Native American Indian basket, a very large California Mission tray with geometric star pattern, c. 1920. This is an incredible Mission Indian basket and a collector's dream! Native American Indian basket, a very large California Mission tray with geometric star pattern, c. 1920. This is an incredible Mission Indian basket and a collector's dream! Photo of center of basket. Native American Indian basket, a very large California Mission tray with geometric star pattern, c. 1920. This is an incredible Mission Indian basket and a collector's dream! Closeup photo.
T-11: Native American Indian basket, a very large California Mission tray with geometric star pattern, c. 1920. This is an incredible Mission Indian basket and a collector's dream! Very possibly Cahuilla, from the Palm Springs area. Condition is very good with minor stitch loss on the rim and basket. Size: 25 1/2 inches diameter by about 4 1/2 inches high. Price: $4200.

 

Native American Indian basket, a Northwest Coast twined purse, Tsimshian, c. 1900-10. Beautifully woven of cedar bark with geometric imbricated decoration and woven cedar bark handles. Main photo. Native American Indian basket, a Northwest Coast twined purse, Tsimshian, c. 1900-10. Beautifully woven of cedar bark with geometric imbricated decoration and woven cedar bark handles. Closeup. Native American Indian basket, a Northwest Coast twined purse, Tsimshian, c. 1900-10. Beautifully woven of cedar bark with geometric imbricated decoration and woven cedar bark handles. A second closeup. Native American Indian basket, a Northwest Coast twined purse, Tsimshian, c. 1900-10. Beautifully woven of cedar bark with geometric imbricated decoration and woven cedar bark handles. A closeup of the bottom of the basket. Native American Indian basket, a Northwest Coast twined purse, Tsimshian, c. 1900-10. Beautifully woven of cedar bark with geometric imbricated decoration and woven cedar bark handles. A closeup of the handles.
T-12: Native American Indian basket, a Northwest Coast twined purse, Tsimshian, c. 1900-10. Beautifully woven of cedar bark with geometric imbricated decoration and woven cedar bark handles. This was probably a berry basket. It was collected by its present owners in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia. Condition is excellent: I can see no stitch loss or damage! Size: 12 inches long by 8 inches high by 4 inches wide at base. Price: $950.

 

Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Main photo. Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Closeup of basket. Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Closeup of bottom of Mission basket. Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Closeup photo of the bottom starting stiches of the Mission basket. Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Photo of the original sales tag from this Mission Indian basket. Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Photo of the second side of the original sales tag of this Mission Indian basket.
P-5: Native American Indian antique basket, Mission basket with original sales tag, 1918. Very finely woven Mission basket with the original sales tag from c. 1918. Various shades of juncus on a deer grass bundle; very tightly coiled. The original sales tag identifies this basket as from the Saboba Reservation, Riverside, California, 1918. The other side of the tag identifies the basket as coming from a Marvin Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, the dealer or original collector. Condition is excellent. Size: 3 1/4 inches high by 5 inches wide at center by 3 1/2 inches diameter at mouth of basket. Price: $1500.

 

Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. Main photo of Tlingit basket. Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. A closeup photo of the Tlingit basket. Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. Another closeup photo of the designs on the Tlingit basket. Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. A photo of the bottom of the Tlingit basket. Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. A closeup photo of the upper rim of the Tlingit basket. Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. Another photo of the Tlingit basket.
P-11: Native American Indian antique Tlingit basket with wonderful geometric bands around the sides, featuring red crosses, c. 1900. Condition is excellent. This is a great Tlingit twined basket! Size: 5 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches diameter across the top. Price: $1700.

 

Native American Indian basket, Chemehuevi olla, c. 1910. Closeup photo of Native American Indian basket, Chemehuevi olla c. 1910.Closeup photo of bottom of Chemehuevi olla. Closeup photo of museum mark on bottom of Chemehuevi olla.
J-1: Native American Indian basket, Chemehuevi olla, c. 1910. Very fine weave, and in mint condition. Size: 7" tall x 8" wide at middle x 6 3/4" diameter at mouth. This is a large and very beautiful Chemehuevi olla, a discerning collector's dream! Museum mark on bottom of the basket identifies this as being from the Ahmanson collection. Price: $9500.

 

J-3: Native American Indian basket, Tlingit gift basket with two geometric bands of decoration, c. 1900. Condition is mint! The weave is exceptionally tight and beautiful. Size: 4" tall x 5" diameter at mouth. Price: $675. Photo of the side of the Tlingit basket. Photo of bottom of Tlingit basket. Closeup photo of Tlingit basket showing part of side decoration.
J-3: Native American Indian basket, Tlingit gift basket with two geometric bands of decoration, c. 1900. Condition is mint! The weave is exceptionally tight and beautiful. Size: 4 1/2 inches tall x 5 inches in diameter at mouth. Price: $675.

 

Native American basket, Hopi wicker plaque, c. 1930. Photo of back of Hopi wicker plaque.
E-1: Native American Indian basket, Hopi wicker plaque, c. 1930. Size: 12" diameter. Condition is very fine, no noticeable missing stitches. Very well woven. Price: $575.

 

Native American basket, Yokuts c. 1920 Yokuts basket, side view Yokuts basket, closeup Yokuts basket, inside view
Item A-1: Native American Indian basket, Yokuts, c. 1920. Size: 11 1/2" diameter at mouth x 6 3/4" high; c. 25 stitches per inch. Mint condition. The Yokuts lived in the foothill region of the Sierra Mountains in California. This is a true Native American artistic treasure. Price: $4200.

 

Native American basket, Hopi coiled basket, c. 1920. Closeup photo of Hopi coiled basket Another closeup photo of a Hopi coiled basket Photo of inside of Hopi coiled basket
Item A-5: Native American Indian basket, Hopi coiled basket with geometric designs and wonderful doggies, c. 1920. Size: 6" high x 8 1/4" diameter at mouth. This is in very good condition and is a great piece of Native American basket-weaving. Price: $625.

 

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