Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Craft: Fiber: Basket #8
pine needles and raffia
4 x 8 3/4 in. (10.2 x 22.2 cm) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Theodore Cohen in memory of his mother and her sisters, Rose Melmon Cohen, Blanche Melmon, Mary Melmon Greenberg, and Fanny Melmon Liberman
This basket shows Marion Hildebrandt's appreciation for the natural beauty of the objects she uses to construct her pieces. She fabricated this basket from pine needles on which she left the thick, rough roots intact. The roots add texture to the surface of the basket and create a lively pattern and rustic quality.