Native American Indian Baskets
AI-3: Native American Indian antique baskets, a very finely-woven Chemehuevi olla with a lovely geometric design, c. 1920. The Chemehuevi basket-weavers of that era rank among the greatest in history; they continue to live along the Colorado river near Parker, Arizona. Condition is excellent. Size: 4 inches high by 4 1/4 wide at the widest part. The opening at the top of the olla is 3 1/2 inches diameter. Price: $2300.
AG-5: Native American Indian antique baskets, a Northwest Coast twined, spruce-root basket, Haida, c. 1900. The twined weaving is especially fine and tight. The Haida still inhabit the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia and areas of Southwest Alaska, and they are well-known for their skill in weaving baskets and wood-carving. The basket features lovely colored concentric bands, although colors on the outside of the basket have faded. Aside from the very natural fading, condition is very good and the rim is intact. Size: 5 1/4 inches high by 6 1/4 inches diameter at the mouth of the basket. Price: $825.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
SOLD. Thank you!
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.
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.
SOLD. Thank you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1/2 inches tall x 5 inches in diameter at mouth. Price: $675.
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.
SOLD. Thank you!
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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