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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

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Anse-aux-Gascon
Marc Aurele Fortin
oil on canvas (35.25x40.25 in) 1942
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Untitled Portrait 1930
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (17x13.5 in) 1930
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Ombres Bleues or Rue de Ste-Rose
Marc Aurele Fortin
oil (20.5x26.5 in) 1925
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Birch Trees
Thomas Harold Beament
oil on canvas (36x41 inch) 1925
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Load of Logs
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12x14 in) circa 1955
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Storm Clouds
Tom Thomson
oil (8.5x10.5 in) 1915
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Tsimshian Village
Robert Genn
Acrylic (16x20 in) circa 2010
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Shaman
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on paper (25.5x18 ) circa 1969
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Deer And Fawn 1/10
Leo Mol
Bronze (8 x8.5x4.75 in) 1971
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Way to School
William Winter
oil on panel (16x12 inch)
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