Four (4) East Tennessee Baskets, including Linda Whaley. 1st item: Large split oak buttocks basket with fixed handle. 12 1/2" H x 16 3/4" W x 13" D. 2nd & 3rd items: Two (2) natural willow baskets, one (1) large oval market basket form (12 3/4" H x 16 1/4" W x 11 3/4" D) and one (1) smaller round form with traces of old paint (7 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 7" L). 4th item: Early Tennessee willow and willow bark basket by Linda Whaley (1840-1926), Sevier County, Tennessee. Original brown and red painted weaver with painted natural willow handle. 10" H x 10 3/4" W x 9" D. All items late 19th/early 20th century. Provenance: Nancy Walton Collection, Gatlinburg, TN. Note: Lydia Whaley or "Aunt Liddy" (named by the people of Gatlinburg) was Pi Beta Phi Arrowcraft's first basket instructor. She was known for her baskets made from willow bark using a design her father, Joel Kear, brought from Scotland (Reference: Southern Arts and Crafts 1890-1940, Mint Museum). Liddy's husband was killed during the Civil War at Harry's Ford in the Smokies (Reference: Mountain Ways by Aiken, p. 29, 293). Liddy's work was also cited by Allen Eaton in his book, Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. A similar basket by Whaley was sold by our auction house in 2008: https://classic.liveauctioneers.com/item/5054676_east-tennessee-basket-by-linda-whaley. CONDITION: 1st item: Handle broken on one side, losses to weavers in the corners and to the center interior. 2nd & 3rd items: Both overall very good condition, light grime. 4th item: Overall very good condition, light general wear, no apparent losses to weavers.
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