Eburna | Leon Niehues & Sharon Niehues


white oak, waxed linen thread,
and coralberry; woven, split, dyed,
drilled, and stitched
17 1/2 x 15 in. (44.5 x 38.1 cm)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

White House Tour (Red Room)

Careful not to detract from their baskets as vessels, these craft artists avoid unnecessary appendages to their beautifully constructed containers. This basket features a double layer of alternating strips, one dark and one light, that are delicately sewn together with linen threads. A sense of energy is conveyed by the bulging body, which is constrained only by its slanted and narrow collar.

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Eburna (Detail)

Crimson/Green Blue Espresso Server