Antique Native California Mission Indian Basket ca.1890

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 18, 2007
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Late 19th Century California Mission Indian Basket, ca. 1890 For your consideration we present a stunning, finely woven Mission Indian basket, woven in the classic open bowl form and dating to the late 19th Century (1880-1890). A collector has written to tell us they are of the opinion the basket is (California) Yokuts in origin, which we acknowledge as a possibility (though we're pretty confident in our Misison atttribution). The design and form are pre-revival and indicate this was made for domestic use, as opposed to the more common revival-period designs that were intended for tourist consumption (Farmer, 2006). In fact, due to the introduction of metal and glassware during the mid-19th Century, Mission Indian basketmaking suffered from a relative hiatus during the latter half of the 19th Century, it is rare to encounter a Mission basket that predates 1900 as does this one, and the pattern is pure and unspoiled by the reflections of the demands of tourist-trade economics.
This open bowl, woven of juncus and dyed juncus (and what might be a couple coils of basal red juncus on the bottom), measures 7 3/4 inches (19.7 cm) in diameter by 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height, and is woven in an impressively fine and tight weave, with a stitch-count ranging from an impressive 14 to an extraordinary 18 stitches per inch . By comparison, most Mission baskets range from 7 to 12 stitches per inch (Kroeber, 1922), though in all fairness, the study from which this figure was arrived was conducted during the revival period when baskets were seen by their makers as commodities and were thusly "manufactured" for sale - a "commodity" basket will rarely approach the quality of a basket woven purely for domestic use, in which case the pride of the basketmaker provides a far greater motive than profit. The coil count ranges from six to eight coils per inch. Given an average of 16 stitches per inch (famous early 20th Century ethnographer George Wharton James defined a "fine weave" as 15 or more stitches per inch) and an average of 7 coils per inch, the stitch count density of 112 stitches per inch is about as high as you will find on a Mission basket. T is some slight stitch loss confined to one small area encompassing just several coils and less than 3% of the overall surface area of the basket, which has been well-documented in the photos below. In addition, t is an area of discloroation on the bottom of the interior of the basket. However, this does not in any way detract from how well this fine, early example of Mission basketry displays. Please sell all the photos below to appreciate just how fine an example of Mission basketry this is. We have set the price to a one time reduced very low price of only $379 .
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