American Decorative Arts

Basket

1800–1900

White oak

4 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 5 1/4 in. (11.43 x 14.288 x 13.335 cm)
Gift of A. David and Bonnie Frazier Young
2008.106.2
This ribbed basket is of a shape alternately referred to as a melon basket, buttocks basket, egg basket, or gizzard basket. The tradition of making ribbed baskets came to the New World from Europe and Great Britain and spread along the Atlantic coast and as far west as Oklahoma. Baskets of this form were often used for gathering eggs. This example is notable for its petite form.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Baskets
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

George Ira Lancraft VI; by inheritance to wife Bonnie Frazier Lancraft, 2005.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 135.

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