Native Alaskan Art Athabascan Birch Bark Folded Basket

 
Native Alaskan Art Athabascan Birch Bark Folded Basket


Item Name
Birch Bark Basket
Price
$250.00
Condition
Antique
Availability
In Stock - 1
ID
PYH-4300
Description
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This beautiful basket was made by the Athabascan people of Alaska in the late 19th/early 20th century. The outer bark was peeled from the birch tree, then steamed and bent. The dark interior of the bark is on the outside of the basket, while the lighter exterior side of the bark is on the inside of the basket. Holes were made in the bark with a bone awl and the pieces were joined with strips of root, probably spruce but possibly willow; the tightly bound rim is finished with root strips, also, combining strength with beauty. 

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The maker of this basket artistically etched the designs on the basket's sides and ends. The long sides each have three herb sprigs and there are geometric designs on each of the short ends, centered between the laced folds. Interestingly, although all these patterns appear to be painted on, they were actually created by scraping off the surface of the bark, yielding the light colored layer underneath. The Athabascans, who call themselves "Dena" ("the people"), sometimes sold these baskets to bring in money to the community.

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This basket is 10 inches long, 9 inches front to back and stands 4 inches high. There is some peeling of the interior bark and there are burn marks on the bottom. There is also, of course, a general darkening of the bark color, but for an antique basket that was in use such as this one, it is in wonderful condition. Like much utilitarian native objects, it is also very decorative and handsome.

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Stoneware Crock Lamp Handmade in Wisconsin 1991 by Rockdale Union

 
Stoneware Crock Lamp Handmade in Wisconsin 1991 by Rockdale Union


Item Name
Rockdale Union Crock Lamp
Price
Sold - $165.00
Condition
Vintage
Availability
 In Stock - 0
ID
PYH-4296
Description
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Rockdale Pottery Lamp 1991 Back View with Mark Only-3264 x 2448-jpg.JPGThis handsome lamp was hand made of salt glazed grey stoneware by the Rockdale Union Stoneware Company in Edgerton, Wisconsin in 1991. The cobalt designs were hand painted; the flower on the back was initialed by the artist with a "W." The lamp weighs nearly 7 pounds; the crock base is 9 1/2 inches tall with a 5 inch diameter bottom. The overall height with the shade is 20 inches to the top of the small round brass finial. The lamp works fine and the cord, plug and bulb socket are all in very good condition. 

The shade is made of pleated blue fabric over a stiff plastic liner. The harp is attached to the shade, which would necessitate buying a new harp if you want to change the shade, which is probably the original. It's in very good condition on the exterior. It has a few splits in the plastic lining, not at all noticeable from the outside. The crock is in excellent condition; it's marked on the reverse with the impressed oval mark of the pottery, which reads: ROCKDALE UNION STONEWARE EDGERTON, WIS. ALWAYS HANDMADE 1991, all in an oval. Below that is a much smaller oval that has the potter's mark---what looks like a capital letter V with a bar across the top, or perhaps a letter T with two legs. 

The founder of Rockdale Union Stoneware, Peter Jackson, worked at Rowe Pottery in Cambridge, Wisconsin. RUS was also located in Cambridge from 1984 to 1991 and then in Edgerton from 1991 until it closed in 1997.

This is a beautiful lamp that works well in casual, relaxed rooms.


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