Property from the Breitholle Collection of Washoe Basketry
A Washo polychrome basket
Dat-so-la-lee, a single-rod example, with steep flaring sides, woven with a pattern of repeated diagonal duotone sawtooth bands. height 4 7/8in, diameter 10 1/2in See illustration
Provenance: The Breitholle Collection; collected by William F. Breitholle from 1907 to 1916 directly from the weaver.
Literature: Cohodas, Marvin, THE BREITHOLLE COLLECTION OF WASHOE BASKETRY, American Indian Art magazine, Autumn 1984, pp. 38-49; illustrated on page 39 (listed as basket #3 in photo). Referring to Louisa Keyser's (Dat-so-la-lee's non-Indian name) innovative basket production, Cohodas writes: "Unusual technique features also distinguish the examples of close-stitched one-rod coiling in the Breitholle collection...in a bowl in the collection (#3) she changed from sunburned willow to redbud after completing two of the six registers of the design...Louisa's most exciting innovation occurs on both gap- and close-stitched varieties of one-rod weaving in this collection. Louisa attempted to elaborate the decorative possibilities of the necessary addition of stitches required by the expanding circumference of the base. In bowl #3, a complex experiment proved unusable, whereas in gap-stitch basket #11, Loiusa added stitches in a pleasingly symmetrical pattern." "No documentation exists as to the year in which each piece was collected, how much was paid, or if any were gifts. Only one piece may be tentatively dated. William Breitholle, Sr. presented basket #3 to his niece, Minnie Black, when she stopped at the Tavern on her way back from the San Francisco exposition of 1915. Thanks to the efforts of William, Jr., this basket has been reunited with the collection."