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Bentwood Box

Algonquian?

Eastern Woodlands

late 18th/ early 19th century

wood, paints, brass tacks, paint

5" × 13 ½" × 5"

Inventory # CW4314-173

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George Hamel Collections Manager at the New York State Library in Albany writes that there is a watercolor of this box done by Rufus Grider in Oct 1887 [ next page ] in the collections department. Rufus Grider was a Mohawk Valley Artist whose focus was to ”paint a watercolour collection of old and new curious objects possessed by the inhabitants of the Mohawk Valley”. ... Grider wrote on his water colour ...”made of birch bark by the Mohawk Indians before the revolution … it belonged to the grandfather of Miss Creamer now of Canajoharie Oct 1887.” See next page for discussion.

PROVENANCE

Reportedly given to Francois de Salle Bastien, a notary in Quebec in the 19th century, then by descent through the family

Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
Private collection, Toronto, Ontario

EXHIBITED

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2008-2013

PUBLISHED

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, Toronto, 2006, pg. 21

RELATED EXAMPLE

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT, Nos. 931 Bwo 18 and 413 Bwo 55 – See: Gifts of the Forest: Native Traditions in Wood & Bark. Mashantucket: Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 2000, pgs. 21 and 29

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Cree or Cree-Metis,

Northern Ontario or Manitoba

ca. 1850-70
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Eastern Great Lakes

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