A fine and important Washoe basket
Lot 109
A fine and important Washoe basket
Sold for US$ 50,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and important Washoe basket A fine and important Washoe basket
A fine and important Washoe basket
Scees Bryant, extremely finely woven in "degikup" form, with staggered rows of sawtooth diamond lozenges, a negative cross at the center of each.
height 8 3/4in, diameter 12 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    An old California collection; sold by Butterfields & Butterfields, December 10, 1996, lot 678

    Illustrated
    Cohodas, Marvin, Degikup, Washoe Fancy Basketry 1895-1935, The Fine Arts Gallery of the University of British Columbia, 1979, fig. 30, p. 31. In his section on Scees Bryant, Dat-so-la-lee's sister-in-law, Cohodas reproduces a photo from Abe Cohn's Emporium Company, Carson City, Nevada, showing a group of six baskets. The caption reads "The only baskets known to have been made by Ceese" (sic). Cohodas reports "On the basis of stylistic features...it would appear that most, if not all of the baskets in this photograph date between 1900 and 1905." At that writing he points to only ten documented baskets by Bryant, with several others attributed to her. "Scees's stylistic approach may be best characterized as an imitation of Dat so la lee's work with certain individual characteristics. Like Dat so la lee, Scees elaborated the degikup through fine technique, large size, sculptural and elegant shape and complex design...While Scees's earlier baskets are more individualized, her later works are such careful imitations that they might easily be confused with Dat so la lee's own work."; also Kania, John and Blaugrund, Alan, Antique Native American Basketry of Western North America, 2014, Marquand Books, Seattle, cover and pp. 164 and 165
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