Mono Basket by Nellie Harris;
Medium/Materials: Deer grass stems, black bracken fern root (Pteridium aquilinum), slough grass (eyperus vivens or cladium mariscus);
Technique: Weave: coiled, over bundle foundation to left.
Marks: [Grace Nicholson's tag] On bottom of start, a piece of rectangular white tape in black ink: "4916/ 78(?) Mono/Nellie - -"; [Grace Nicholson's handwriting] rectangular paper tag on top rim in black ink: "Mono/B-160/...CA" and on reverse, in pencil: "$30.00"; metal rimmed tag in black ink: "7--";
||H-5 Dia-9 inches
||slough grass (eyperus vivens or cladium mariscus)
|Place of Origin
||Central California/Nevada border, CA/NV, USA
||(1) Grace Nicholson. Pasadena, California.;
(2) Claire Zeisler. Chicago, Illinois.;
(3) Morning Star Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cat. no. B0070;
(4) Eugene V. Thaw - March 1992.;
S. McLendon identified the maker as Nellie Harris based upon the Grace Nicholson Basket Ledger, Hearst Museum. McLendon edited Morning Star's description to read: "Mono bottleneck woven on a variegated ground with bands in black bracken fern composed of alternating triangles." McLendon also noted that: "only 2 colors used, so not "polychrome"." Concerning the identification of materials especially sedge root as was written in the original entry, McLendon writes that: "Grace Nicholson says "slough grass" "(eyperus vivens)" or (cladium maris[c]us)" used ... [see Grace Nicholson Basket ledger] the material doesn't look like Carex sp. Each strand starts light and becomes darker until the next strand is spliced in."