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Collecting Antique Baskets

Collecting antique baskets from galleries, dealers, auction houses, individual basketmakers and gift shops.

Auction houses around the world like Skinner, Garth's Auctions, Inc., James D. Julia, Inc., Pook & Pook, Inc., High Noon Western Americana, West Coast Estates Auctions, R. G. Munn, Cowan's Historical Americana, Desert West Auctions and many others are teaming up with online services to make it possible for basket collectors to make live bids from home if they can't be in attendance at the live onsite auctions that feature baskets.

Southwest Baskets - The Artifact Room
The Artifact Room specializes in old Native American Art including arrowheads, flint knives & spears, scrapers. bone tools, axes, beadwork, baskets and many other historic and prehistoric art forms. They offer an appraisal service, and over 32 years of experience with native American Art.

Tina Charlie Basket Sells at Auction for $336,250.00
A new world record price was set for a Native America basket sold at auction. An unidentified successful bidder paid $336,250, three times the Bonhams pre-sale estimate, for a 1929 Paiute polychrome basket of degikup form by Tina Charlie, offered from the collection of Mrs. Ella Cain. A second Tina Charlie basket sold for $248,250 in the successful Native American auction that totaled $2.8-million.

$115,000.00 Paid at Auction for Nantucket Lightship Basket
A round low handleless basket constructed with staves extending above the rim that had been individually carved into exquisite hearts was sold for a record price at Rafael Osona's Americana, Continental, Fine Arts and Marine Auction on August 6, 2005.

$63,250 Paid at Auction for Shaker Basket
Record price paid for a twilled quadrifoil basket with a clear Shaker provenance at the June 2003 Willis Henry Shaker Auction. Numerous baskets were included in this auction held at The Shaker Museum and Library in Chatham, NY.



American Indian Baskets I
1500 Artist Biographies

by Gregory Schaaf, Phd. (Cherokee)
American Indian Baskets I profiles 1,500 basketmakers with 2,000 full color illustrations, 344 pages, bibliography, index.

Newly released
May 2006

 

Adobe Gallery
Gallery in Albuquerque, NM offers art and antiquities of the Southwest Indian. The finely woven baskets of the Pima, Tohono O'odham (Papago) and Western Apache presented.

Allard Auctions

Antique Native American Baskets
There is always a good selection of old Indian baskets on eBay, but beware of the numerous misidentified items. If you know what you are looking for the deals can be real.

Axtell Antiques
Antiques shop in Deposit, NY offers 18th- and 19th-century American country furniture, natural and original paint, treenware, redware, early lighting devices, folk art, stoneware, hearth accessories and a nice selection of baskets.

Stuff to Collectify!
Enter code WAA9996 to get $5.00 off 
the retail price of this cataloging program.

California Indian Baskets
Shop from a constantly changing selection of Californian antique baskets such as Hupa, Karok, Yurok and Pomo hats, mush bowls and storage baskets.

Case Antiques
Antique Southeastern United States baskets available for sale, including Papago, Cherokee Rivercane, Southern Appalachian White Oak and others.

Collecting 101
From the Penny NII Collection site, an article on the basics of collecting crafts, collectibles and ethnic artifacts. Authored by Bruce W. Pepich.

Developing An Antique Basket Collection
Tips from Indian Territory Gallery on how to assemble a collection of antique baskets.

Early Basketmaking - Antique American Baskets
Article by Wayne Mattox for Antique Talk discusses the various types of historic American baskets and the qualities to look for when collecting antique American baskets.

Free Basket Appraisal
Len Wood's Indian Territory of Laguna Beach, California offers free appraisal services for artifacts from your collection.

Is It Old *OR* Is It New?
Watch for these reproduction Nantucket style baskets, reproduction Shaker style ash splint baskets and Appalachian style baskets from Basketville because they are turning up in lots of places as is, "aged" and with newly painted primitive finishes. In and of itself this is fine if the baskets are properly attributed, but secondary market vendors are describing them vaguely in ways that could be mistaken by naive buyers as vintage baskets. Read descriptions carefully. In the case of the Shaker reproductions the scarce ash splint is being shipped from New England to China and the baskets are woven by Chinese workers. The Appalachian facsimiles are woven in Haiti using some local material other than the authentic material, white oak. Make yourself familiar with the full line, so you know what you are looking at in shops and online auctions or vendors and don't end up believing a knock-off, cheap replica, counterfeit, forgery or fake is the real thing. BUYER BEWARE!  

Jerry Weisberg Tribal Antiques
Old and Antique Native American Baskets such as Hupa, Karuk, Nootkah, Wintu, Pit River basketry and other tribal arts including Navajo rugs and Pueblo pottery.


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Len Wood's Indian Territory Gallery - Antique Native American Baskets
Extensive collection of investment-quality antique baskets dating circa 1870-1930. Southwestern Indian: Apache, Pima, Hopi. Great Basin: Panamint, Chemehuevi, Washo. Southern California: Mission Indian baskets. Central California: Yokuts, Mono, Maidu, Pomo. Northern California: Hupa, Yurok, Karok, Achumawi.


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North Coast Americana
Specialized in selling Native American art, collectible books, paper ephemera and related materials. Based on Ohio's north coast, east of Cleveland, Ohio. They sell on the internet and at shows.


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Planet Art
This dealer offers for sale a variety of Native American Indian and Tribal art goods including vintage and antique Native American baskets with a focus on southwestern basketry.


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Many Hands Basket Gallery
Good resource for anyone interested in collecting or studying antique Native American Baskets of Northern California.

Morningstar Gallery
In Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Yokuts Baskets
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Native American Traders
They buy and sell Native American basketry.

Rafael Osona Auctions
Auction house on Nantucket Island that frequently handles consignments of Nantucket Lightship Baskets. Has held the world's record for the highest price paid at auction for a Jose Formoso Reyes basket.

Quintana Galleries
Portland, Oregon gallery offers baskets from numerous historic Indigenous Cultures in addition to works by current artist Malynn Wilbur Foster.

Seahawk Auctions
This Canadian auction house is a good place to look when you are seeking northwest, pacific coast, Arctic or Sub-Arctic Native American or First Nations baskets. They typically handle Klikitat, Klamouth, Skagit, Moduk, Thompson River, Tsimshian, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Lillooet, Inuit or Yupik baskets and mats twined or coiled with cedar bark, cedar roots, spruce root, tule and northern sweetgrass. Baskets often feature decorative embellishment techniques such as crenulated rims, imbrication, overlay twining, skip stitch twining, painted totemic clan designs, knob lids, rattle tops


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Tips on Collecting Shaker Baskets
Martha Wetherbee authored an article for the January 2004 Journal of Antiques about collecting antique Shaker and other collectible Americana baskets.

Tribal Art Theft Alert
Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association, Inc., (ATADA) maintains a listing of alerts about stolen tribal art including baskets. Help locate these items by visiting the page often to become familiar with the baskets that have been involved in these crimes. Information on how to report anything you find is included on the ATADA page.

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