African Baskets: A Woven World

May 20 – June 17, 2017

#15544

Basketry Rattle | Cameroon | 20th Century | H: 10.5" x W: 10.5" | #15544 | $ 450

#13806

Storage Basket | Uganda | Early 20th Century | H: 24 x W: 14" | #13806 | $ 500

#15295,#15296,#15299

Storage Baskets |Tutsi Culture| Burundi | 20th Century | #15295 |Left: H:11 x W:10" | $ 500 ** SOLD **

Storage Basket | Gogo Culture | Tanzania | 20th Century | #15296 | Center: 12.5" x W:11" | $ 500

Storage Basket | Gogo Culture | Tanzania | 20th Century | #15299 | Right: 11" x W:14.5" | $ 500

 

#7562

Rectangular Lidded Basket | Kuba Kingdom | Democratic Republic of Congo | 20th Century | H:5" x W:18" x D:12" | #7562 | $ 600
 

#14197

Storage Basket | Cameroon | 20th Century | H21" x W:14" | #14197 | $ 650

#12437

Storage Basket | Tabwa Culture | Democratic Republic of Congo |  20th Century | H:7" x W:7" x D:14" | #12437 | $ 500

#14194

Lidded Storage Basket | Tosa Culture (?) | Sudan | Early 20th Century | H:15" x W:9" | #14194 | $ 900

5030,5032

Harvest Baskets | Makenge Culture |  Zambia | Early 20th Century | L:#5030 | H:10" x W:16" || R:#5032 | H:9" x W: 17" | $ 600 EACH

19325

Chief's Hat  (botolo) | Ekonda Culture | Democratic Republic of Congo | Early 20th Century | H:11" x W:7.5" | #19325 | Woven Basketry, Brass Disc | $ 3,200

#10231

Lidded Storage Basket | Uganda | 20th Century | H:15" x W:10" | #10231 | $ 650
 

#13302

Storage Basket | Uganda | Early 20th Century | H:16" x W:14" x D:9" | #13302 | $ 800
 

#19301, #15369

Lidded Basket | Bottle Shaped Basket | Cameroon | 20th Century | #19301 | H:14.5" x W: 16" |  $ 900  |

| #15369 | H29" x W: 14" | "SOLD"

#15745

Lidded Basket | Kongo | South Congo / Late 19th Century | H: 4" x W: 4.5" | #15745 | $ 2000

#15506

Lidded Basket | Tutsi Culture | Rwanda  / Burundi | 20th Century | #15506 | H: 16" x W: 8.5" | $ 900

#15371

Lidded Basket | Democratic Republic of Congo | 20th Century | H: 22" x W: 9" | #15371 | $ 450

#13983, # 13982

Shields | Cameroon | 20th Century | L - H:27" x W: 19"| #13983 | R -  H: 23" x 17" | #13982 | $ 1,200 EACH

#15303

Lidded Basket | Kuba Kingdom | Dem. Rep. Congo | 20th Century | H: 14" x W: 12" | #15303 | $ 500

8986,14762

Basketry Shield | Tamberma Culture | Togo | Early 20th Century | Left H: 13" x D: 4" | #8986 | Custom Metal Stand H:20" | $ 750 | Right Shield | SOLD

 

#15302, #15301

Bottle Shaped Baskets | Kuba Kingdom | Dem. Rep. Congo | 20th Century | H: 7" x W: 4" | #15302 | H: 6.5" x W: 4.5" | #15301 |Right ** SOLD ** $ 200 EACH

#14202

Basket | Cameroon | 20th Century | H: 10" x W: 22" | #14202 | $ 600

#13624, #15646, #8201

Storage Baskets | Cameroon / Democratic Republic of Congo | 20th Century | L- H:24" x 14"| #13624| ** SOLD ** | $ 1000 | M: H:31" x W:12.5" |#15646 | "SOLD" | R - H:21" x W: 8" | #8201 |  $1000

#13521, #13520

Bottle Shapped Baskets | Hehe Culture | Tanzania | Early 20th Century | H: 7" x W: 5" each | #13521 "SOLD"  | #13520 | $ 300
 

#11860, #11858, #6673

Rattles | Grasslands, Cameroon | 20th Century | H: 11" x W: 9" | W: 11" x W: 9" | H: 7" x W: 8" |L: #11860, M: #11858,  R: # 6673 ** SOLD ** | $ 300 EACH

#11653

Storage Basket | Cameroon | 20th Century | H: 23" x W: 27" | #11653 | $ 900

#11216, #11213

Basketry Pouring Vessel | Bamileke Culture | Cameroon | 20th Century | L -H: 12" x  W: 9" x D: 9" | 11216|  $ 500 | R- H:9" x W: 13" x D: 10" | R- # 11213 | * SOLD *

#10398, #10399

Rain Hat | Uganda | Early 20th Century | H19" x W:12" | l:#10398,  **SOLD ** | R: #10399 | $ 650 EACH  - Metal stands not included
 

#10265

Lidded Basket w/ Handle | Democratic Republic of Congo | 20th Century | H: 5" x W: 6" x D: 4" | #10265 | $ 250

#10256, #10253

Rattles | Democratic Republic of Congo | 20th Century | H: 13" x W: 11" x D: 3.5" | L: #10256, | R: #12053 ** SOLD ** | $ 250 EACH

#10252,#10254,#10255

Rattles | Democratic Republic of Congo | 20th Century | H: 10" x W: 10" x W: 4" |L: #10252 * SOLD*  | M: #10254  ** SOLD ** | L: #10255 | $ 250 EACH

#9955, #15649

Lidden Baskets with Handles | Cameroon | 20th Century | Left H:15" x W: 9" | #9955| $ 600 | Right H: 14" x W: 15" | #15649 | $ 400

#7705

Basket | Cameroon | 20th Century | H: 20" x W: 24" | #7705 | $ 800

Press Release

A WOVEN WORLD: THE ART OF AFRICAN BASKETRY
May 20 – June 17, 2017
 
It is perhaps a stretch for the contemporary Western audience to consider basketry as an essential element of daily life.  At best this audience’s experiential base with basketry rarely extends beyond the laundry room or the dinner table bread container.  In contrast, for many historic African cultures, every aspect of life was infused with basketry- from the battle field to the hearth and shrine and
even the wardrobe.
 
Like other traditional African crafts - textiles, ceramics, and metal work,  African basketry was generally overlooked by early ethnographers and collectors. A Western obsession with wooden figurative sculpture resulted in basketry being rarely studied.  When basketry was collected it was usually placed in natural history or ethnography museums in dioramas of native life in the colonies.
 
Precise identification of many old baskets is difficult. Often one must rely on an old carte de visite that shows a ‘native’ scene containing basketry that might assist in identification.  A relevant ethnic group or geographical location may be attached to a piece but rarely is the precise function noted.  Undoubtedly there is much coded information in pattern and form that has been lost. In spite of this the very high level of craft and creativity exemplified in African basketry is in itself justification for serious attention.
 
This exhibition features shields, rattles, architectural elements, headpieces, and functional containers.  Dating the pieces is extremely difficult but most probably date during the early decades of the 20th century.  They range from tiny, extremely finely woven lidded baskets from the Tutsi of Rwanda to massive, bowl-shaped baskets that could hold several bushels of some grain from Cameroon. Several mimic the shape of objects of other materials; tea pots, ceramics vessels, and metal containers for example.  Most have beautiful, patinated surfaces that are a testament to years of use and care.
 
The baskets may be viewed on line at our website, www.douglasdawson.com, or by visiting the gallery at 224 S Michigan Ave, Suite 266, Chicago, Il 60604.
 
 
 
Please contact the gallery for additional information.