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Sturdy coiled baskets were often made by the Coast Salish People of peeled and split cedar root. The coils themselves are made from the rough inner root and are sewn together with the shiny outer part of the root. The basket is often decorated with imbrication in which dyed pieces of material such as beargrass, cherry or cedar bark, or horsetail are folded accordion style and sewn into the coils themselves.

Bark was dyed either shredded or in strands. It took the colour best when still wet with sap. Red was sometimes created by chewing the red inner bark of the red alder, then coating the wet cedar bark with it so the colour bled into it. For black, year-old cedar bar was buried for a time in black swampy mud which stained it permanently.

Historical Sale Highlights

Following is a random selection of collectible works we have previously sold. Refresh this page to see more items.

Snowy Bridge with Sleigh
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12x14 in) circa 1964
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A Spire in the Bugaboos
Robert Genn
Acrylic on canvas (16x20 in) 2013
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Fish Totem
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on Brown Paper (24x36 in)
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Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia
Stanley Royle
oil on panel (16x20 inch) 1937
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My Dad Works While We Play
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (16x12 in) circa 2005
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Waiting For Spring
Vojtech Matousek
Oil on panel (18x16 in) 2012
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Watering the Horses
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (24x36 in) 1972
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Nicola Falls
Robert Genn
Acrylic on canvas (14x18 in) 2013
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Sketch at Little Turtle Lake
James Edward Hervey MacDonald
Oil on Panel (8 1/2 x10.5 in) 1924
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Georgian Bay
Arthur Lismer
oil on panel (12x16 inch) 1935
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