Unknown Salish Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

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

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Dogs or People
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (24x48 in) 1962
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Hauling Wood
Maud Lewis
oil on panel (12x13.75 in) 1962
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My Dad Chopping Wood While We Play
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (16x24 in) circa 2005
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Grain Elevator at La Salle 101/200
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (8x12.5 in) 1931
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Winter Cutter
William Kurelek
ink drawing (14x22 in) 1974
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Winnipeg, 1845 (Looking South)
Ernest J. Hutchins
tempra & watercolour (12x14 in) 1911
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Gloaming - 1st State
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (9.5x8.25 in) 1925
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At the Rising of the Sun
Janet Mitchell
oil on panel (37.5x48 in)
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Break at South Point, Scotty’s LOTW
Robert Genn
Acrylic (30x34 in) 2007
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Morning Desolation Sound, May 27, 2010
Robert Genn
Acrylic (11x14 in) 2010
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