Published Early American Painted Basket with Rare Linen Lining.....SALE PENDING
New England, ca. 1830 to mid 19th century. Original paint on hand-cut ash splints. This basket is pictured and discussed in American Baskets – A Folk Art Tradition, Schorsch, page 23 from a New York City exhibition in 1988. In that reference the paint color is described as “mushoom”. I think it may have been off-white originally, with thin over-varnish, the varnish now oxidized to quite a pleasing warm presence. There is speculation that the linen lining enabled this basket to be used for storing sewing accessories, and may be of Shaker origin. The double-wrapped rim tops a very robustly made basket with round rim and square base, with carved handles. The whole with surprising weight and strength. Height to rim about 7 inches; 9 inches to the top of the handles, rim about 16 x 15 ½.