Yavapai Apache Pictorial Basket
Appraised Value: $4,000 (1997)
$5,000 - $7,000 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (1:27)
Antiques Appraiser and Consultant,, Specialist, American Indian Art and Ethnographica
GUEST: I bought it from an antique shop. I was helping her clean out a house. That was the one thing I wanted. She let me take it home that night and I didn't want to bring it back, so she told me how much it was. It was only $40. This was about 20 years ago. Believe it or not, 20 years ago, $40 for this basket was a pretty fair market value.
APPRAISER: This piece is from Arizona. It was created by the Apache Indians. They are well-known for their artistry with basketry. They make coiled baskets out of willow and devil's claw, which is native to the area. This is a three-colored basket, which are even rarer. It has some red decoration in it that you'll see surrounding some of the arrow and crosses. They have a lot of zoomorphic and humanistic figures in their work. This shape is called an olla. This was probably actually a used basket because its age indicates it's from the 1900s, which is when a lot of tourists were going through, but they were also using them for themselves. And it was used for grain storage, predominantly. They're very strong. Its current value in a conservative realm would be about $4,000.
GUEST: Mm-hmm. Okay, wonderful, wonderful.
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