By Elizabeth Hickox (Wiyot-Karut, circa 1875 - 1947)
Diameter: 7 ⅛ in (18 cm)
Conifer root, hazel shoots, maidenhair stems, bear grass
Good condition for an object of this age and rare type. Breaks and losses to the top knob on lid as seen in catalogue illustration. Other scattered minor losses. Note that the basket does not sit flat (by design), as shown in catalogue illustration.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
George Terasaki, New York, acquired by the 1960s
Elizabeth Hickox (1872-1947) was the most famous exponent of the twined basketry tradition of northern California. Her baskets are immediately identifiable by their distinctive form, with their tall, elegant knobs, and by their remarkable delicacy and fineness, with Hickox famous for her “exceptional care taken in weaving” (Cohodas, Basket Weavers for the California Curio Trade: Elizabeth and Louise Hickox, Tucson and Los Angeles, 1997, p. 137). Hickox made her baskets for the “curio trade” and intended for them to be picked up, handled and admired. One of her most distinctive flourishes is only visible when one lifts off the lid, revealing a design on the interior of the base.