A wonderful and rare basket in Degikup form by the noted weaver Tootsie Dick Sam. Tootsie was one of the most respected weavers at Abe Cohn's Emporium Co. This piece is accompanied by a letter of authentication by noted Washoe expert Marvin Cohodas. The use of pictorial elements and lettering were exceptionally difficult, and are expertly done.
6 1/4" H. x 10 3/4" W.
Very few of these baskets are on the market, and this is one of the best. The Koasati originally belonged to the Creek Confederacy before breaking away in approximately 1800 and moving to Alabama and finally settling in Louisiana. They make twilled cane baskets through a technique they developed of coiling the needles of native pines into beautiful baskets.
10" H. x 6" W.
A classic form Apache olla with geometric design in the form of morning stars and vertical diamond ribbons.
17" H. x 15 1/2" W.
A bottleneck basket in beautiful form and in mint condition. This piece features an overall geometric pattern, and has quail top-knots woven into the shoulder.
6" H. x 9" W.
A lovely flaring bowl with floating star designs. This piece is bold and expertly woven. The basket is in mint condition.
4 1/2" H. x 12 3/4" W.
A major piece by Magdelena Augustine, distinguished Chemehuevi basket maker. See page 93 of The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry, and page 120, plate 12, pages 122, 124, plate 297 of Native American Basketry of Southern California, 1993 edition, for similar examples.
A sterling example of one of Ms. Harrison's basket trays, this one features geometric designs around the rim, and beautifully depicted insects covering the interior. The condition is mint.
16 3/4" diameter.
An exquisite and finely woven bottleneck form with the original lid in tact. This piece features an overall diamond grid overlay pattern, and has delicately placed quail top-knots woven in around the shoulder. The piece is accompanied by a handwritten historic letter of provenance, indicating that the weaver was Ellen Amos. Condition is mint.
6" H. x 12 1/2" W.