Nantucket Fruit Bowl Basket

Nantucket Fruit Bowl Basket


A cherry hardwood base and hardwood rim distinguish this elegantly proportioned Nantucket Fruit Bowl Basket.

With 17 years of experience in the art of traditional Nantucket lightship basket weaving, the artist stamped this authentically crafted and basket. Gorgeous draped with a linen tea towel and used to pass warm bread at the table, this basket is a utilitarian work of art.

The Massachusetts Wampanoag Indians taught the early settlers of Nantucket how to weave utilitarian baskets out of local materials. Sailors on whaling ships of the early 1800's began to make more refined solid wood base and rattan weavers baskets as a way of passing time during months at sea with materials crew members purchased during journeys to the South Pacific.

As the art of the Nantucket basket evolved, moulds made from cut up ship's masts were employed to make practical vessels for carrying berries, vegetables and mercantile purchases. Sweethearts and wives benefitted from the artisanal sailor hobby and soon a Nantucket basket became a stylish sign of islanders and visitors alike that has endured for two hundred years.


9.5" D x 4.25" H

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