NATIVE AMERICAN ARNOLD FAMILY ANTIQUE 1840'S NIPMUCK LIDDED BASKET, GRAFTON, MA For Sale
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NATIVE AMERICAN ARNOLD FAMILY ANTIQUE 1840'S NIPMUCK LIDDED BASKET, GRAFTON, MA :
RARENATIVE AMERICAN MONUMENTAL ANTIQUE DECORATED, LIDDED SPLINT STORAGE BASKETARNOLD FAMILY,NIPMUCK SPLINT BASKETRY, W/YELLOW PAINT & POTATO STAMPING, GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS(Circa 1840-1860)DIMENSIONS:15" Height (w/lid on) 14" Height (w/o lid on) x 17" Width x 17" Depth
DESCRIPTION:There are a few minor breaks on the staved wood weave on the lid but the body's wicker weaving is intact and the hand-applied yellow paint and the potato stamping with four-leaf clovers on the basket's body are still vibrant and can still be clearly seen. The bottom of the early-mid 19th century Native American basket is still extraordinarily clean. The basket has not been dusted or touched. It remains in dry, 100% original, vintage condition. The lid easily comes off the basket and it is without any significant deformity to its original intended form. The yellow paint on the interlocking horizontal wicker pieces, is only interrupted by the vertical strips of woven wicker. It is unmistakably Native American and specifically from and produced by the Nipmuck basket-weaving Arnold family, most likely realized in the 1840's-1860's, from the Grafton, Massachusetts area. The basket is quite large and could even be considered monumental. The inside is clean and the basket remains intact and sturdy. It was discovered in Massachusetts and is right out of an estate and is fresh to the marketplace. Incredibly beautiful. Wow!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in New England, Native Americans were making splint wicker baskets in large numbers in order to survive in the new world of European conquest and settlement. They were forced to find ways to eke out livings, and for many of them making and selling baskets and related handcrafted objects became a livelihood. Basketmakers were also skilled makers of chair seats, mats, brooms, and scrub brushes as well as wooden trays, bowls, and spoons. Ironically, just when Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) described the local Natick, Massachusetts, Indians in her novel Oldtown Folke as "a roving, uncertain class of people, hanging like a tattered fringe on the thrifty and well-kept petticoat of New England society," the Indians were actively making and selling the brooms, mats, scrub brushes, and newly woven chair seats that allowed Americans to maintain "well-kept" houses."Baskets are commonly listed in early New England probate inventories with some entries suggesting Indian makers. These undecorated Indian baskets would have looked much like Yankee-made baskets to those taking inventories.This article is accompanied by plates illustrating:*painted stylized stockade, often found on Nipmuc and Mohegan baskets.*Four-lobed medallion is another symbol.Baskets with the initials J.H.S. are possibly those of Mohegan (Mohican) descent and (JHS) -- an itinerant basketmaker who borrowed designs from a variety Native American groups.Genealogy: some baskets attributed to members of the Arnold family of the Hassanimisco Nipmuck community, in Grafton, Massachusetts Sarah Cisco Sullivan, a Nipmuc (living on Brigham Hill Road in Grafton, -- her grandmother Sarah Maria Arnold Cisco.
CONDITION:Good to Very Good overall vintage condition.(*Please scroll down to view enlarged photos