Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beaded Basket for Sale - Christies

A CHARLES II BEADWORK LAYETTE BASKET Lot 480, Dec 2nd, 2014 Christie's Sale 5870

There is another beaded basket for sale at Christie's, so if you have been keeping a file folder with them for study, get over to the site and look at the pictures up close.  This one is similar to one at the V&A with a square net worked in panels to go over the metal frame.  The frame is uncovered in spots so if you want to get a feeling of how the piece is worked there are places to take a peak!



  1. I love these historical pieces you find! This is probably the bead stitch called Right Angle Weave or RAW. I wonder what size the beads are.

  2. I love the flat woven ones~ they are so folky. This does look like a variation of RAW netting~ I think this type of flat worked basket could have been where the term 'layette basket' originated~ these could have actually been used and both beadwork and whatever placed in the basket, not damaged. The more elaborate three dimensional ones however, my opinion is still as such they were presentation baskets only. One can see where the original 4 trefoil handles were attached. Is a GREAT color study as well~