An early and important Washoe basket

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Lot 220
An early and important Washoe basket, by Louisa Keyser (Dat-so-la-lee)

Sold for US$ 37,575 inc. premium
An early and important Washoe basket
Louisa Keyser (Dat-so-la-lee), very finely woven, of degikup form, decorated about the body with four sets of paired zigzag and hooked columnar devices.
height 4in, diameter 7in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Dr. S.L. Lee, Carson City, NV
    Gifted to a friend in 1926, thence by descent to the family

    In the accompanying letter concerning the basket from Marvin Cohodas, Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia, he states:

    "The three-rod Washoe degikup pictured below... is well documented as the work of Louisa Keyser, also known as Datsolalee... This basket is recorded as LK 3 in Amy Cohn's ledger of Louisa Keyser.

    This work and two others by Louisa Keyser were obtained by Dr. S. L. Lee, the most prominent doctor of this period in Carson City, who acquired an important collection of baskets and other products of Native American skill. In 1926, near the end of his life, Dr. Lee gave the basket to a younger man... who had been a very dear friend of Lee's since youth...

    It is well documented that by late 1898, Keyser had already moved on to her distinctive approach of superfine stitching, three colour (red, black and white) pattern, and larger size, and that Amy Cohn had also begun her certificate records by 1899. LK 3 precedes this important transition.

    As both Cohn's and Lee's dates for the basket are unreliable, I would use stylistic evidence to estimate that the basket known as LK 3 was likely woven in 1896-97."

    Original correspondence from Dr. Lee concerning the gifting of this basket also accompanies the lot: "With this I am sending you the Dat-So-La-Lee basket that I told you would be yours when I had ceased to collect such things... This little basket is fine in its weave as any our Louisa Keyser ever made as it has 31 stitches to the inch. The 'great weaver['] (who died a couple of months ago[)] made this gem in 1899 and it has been mine since that date."
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