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Yellow Basket with Flowers

ca 1825
Origin: America
Primary Support: 16 1/4 x 20 1/2in. (41.3 x 52.1cm); Unframed, i.e., solid tertiary support: 16 7/16 x 20 1/2in. (41.8 x 52.1cm); and Framed: 19 3/4 x 23 3/4 x 2in.
Paint on cotton velvet
From the collection of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; gift of the Museum of Modern Art
Acc. No. 1931.403.17
An arrangement of flowers in a yellow basket set on a fringed, dark greenish-blue table mat, with no table or other support shown beneath it. The foot, horizontal middle, and rim of the basket are each marked by a band of gadrooning, or spiral turning; otherwise, the basket is smooth. The mixed flowers are mostly executed in hues of yellow and blue. Artist unidentified.

The 2 1/2-inch molded and gilded frame is a period replacement.
Label:Three bands of straw twists relieve the otherwise smooth surface of the basket, which is filled with an arrangement of mixed flowers.

Numerous examples of this composition have been noted, at least one of them flopped in comparison with the Folk Art Museum's example. Few documented histories exist to associate the designs with a particular region, however.
Provenance:Found in Boston, Mass., by Edith Gregor Halpert, Downtown Gallery, New York, NY; sold to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; given by the latter to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, in 1939; given by MoMA to CWF in June 1954.