Elizabeth Geisler 1996 Signed and Numbered Art Basket Nantucket Style Tall Oak Bone Handle


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A stunning Elizabeth Geisler Nantucket Style Basket. The basket is dated March 1996, it is numbered #705 and it is signed by the master basket maker, Elizabeth Geisler. Please, see photos.

In typical Nantucket style the basket has a wooden base that covers the messy ends of the woven material outside as well as on the inside. The wood is beautifully finished with smooth rounded edges and a warm brown color - it could be Cherry wood. The basket is cylindrical and does not taper at all. It has a golden oak handle that matches the color of the woven material. The handle has bone accents at its attachment points.

The basket still has an original label attached. The label states that the basket is a Wine Carrier - and the type of basket is Tapestry/Nantucket Style. The materials according to the label are: Hardwood Base, Oak Handle, Bone Fittings, Cane, Waxed Linen, Oak, Dyed Reed, Raffia, Leather etc - the rest is not legible to me. It does look as if the original price of this basket was $175.00 - the gallery price in 1996.

The basket which measures 8-3/4" tall to the rim or 14" tall to the top of the handle when the handle is erect like shown in photo #2. 4-3/4" in diameter at the top. Inside diameter at the top is closer to 3-3/4".

Sadly, Elizabeth Geisler is no longer living.
The following is what I know about the artist: (from Obituary in the Herald Tribune)

Elizabeth Narcissia Fannin Geisler, 83, Sarasota, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 23, 2006. She was born March 20, 1923, in Rockmart, Ga., came to Anna Maria Island 39 years ago from Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Sarasota a year later. She was a nationally acclaimed master basket weaver and teacher, and was a member of several artisan and weavers' organizations, including the Association of Michigan Basket Makers, Venetian Society of Basket Weavers, and Art Uptown co-op fine arts gallery. She majored in journalism at West Georgia College and the University of Georgia, and later studied education at the University of South Florida. She studied basket weaving at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and organized and founded The Get Acquainted Group of Sarasota.

This basket is an estate find and as such it is pre-owned. It is in excellent condition for its age and appear not to have been used. There is a little dust and perhaps a little fading of some of the colored (tapestry) elements; who knows how intense or mellow the colors were when the basket was new? It does not have any damage or repairs.

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