A Mono Lake Paiute basket
Lot 4252
A Mono Lake Paiute polychrome basket
Sold for US$ 2,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Mono Lake Paiute polychrome basket
Attributed to Nellie or Tina Charlie, very tightly woven with a series of conjoined prominent stepped diamond lozenges.
height 3 1/4in, diameter 5 1/2in


  • Provenance:
    The attribution to the Charlie sisters was made by Craig Bates. In an accompanying letter he writes: "The basket is a finely made example of the fancy, made for sale basketry of the Mono Lake region...The stitch count, at 27 to 28 stitches per inch, place it amongst the most finely woven baskets from the Mono Lake-Yosemite region...The basket under discussion appears to have been made by the Mono Lake Paiute sisters, Nellie (1867-1965) and Tina Charlie (1869-1962)...The weaving style of these two sisters is so similar, that I am unable to ascertain which sister wove this basket. Both Nellie and Tina were creating fancy baskets in this style by the 1920s. The Charlie sisters continued weaving baskets in the same style throughout their lives. It would seem likely that the basket under discussion was produced toward the end of their career, probably in the 1950s...The basket is an excellent example of the fine basketry made by Mono Lake Paiute women, and especially that of the Charlie sisters."
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