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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.

Barns Near Jordan
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil (12x15 in) 1962
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Indian Squaw Crossing a Frozen River
Cornelius Krieghoff
Oil on Canvas (11.25x9.25 in) circa 1860
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Kitchen in a Poor Home in 19th Century Podilia
William Kurelek
pen & ink (14.5x23 in)
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Winter Schoolhouse
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12.75x12.75 in) circa 1958
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Near Baie St. Paul, Winter
Henrietta Mabel May
oil on canvas (30.25x36.25 in) 1927
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Cloche Hills
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil on panel (16x20 in) 1950
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Woodland, Don Valley
Charles Comfort
oil on panel (10x12 in) 1935
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Oxcart, Digby Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.75x14.5 in) circa 1958
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Sharp’s Dock - Pender Harbour 14/100
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock on Paper (9.25x13.75 in)
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Winged Figure Study 1/9
Sorel Etrog
Bronze (15.5x4.5x4 in) 1978
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