Vintage French Wooden Collecting Oyster Basket, Vintage French Wooden Basket ,French Collecting Basket


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Vintage from the 1950s


wood, metal

A beautiful wooden vintage French collecting basket. Made from wooden slats bent and shaped while wet and nailed together to form this attractive shape. It is in superb condition for it's age. A stunning basket to look at. I bought this basket in the walled citadel of Brouage, which sits in the middle of the salt marshes, close to the sea in western France. The lady that sold it to me said it had been used to collect artichokes but I suspect it has probably also been used for collecting shellfish, which is abundant here by the sea.
Would make a superb gift or would be perfect displayed in a place of recognition, in a country home. It has had a life so a few stains from normal use but still sturdy and strong.

It measures 21" length x 12" width x 11" depth or 53cm x 30cm x 28cm
510 grams 1.10lb

The French have a special love affair with the basket. Over the centuries, the basket has been used by households rich and poor, in the city and country, carried by men and women: a simple, universal, utilitarian item. The trade of basket making is recorded since the late 11th century in France, and over the ages it became highly specialized within different regions of France and by intended use, including: harvesting grapes (each wine region has their own unique basket shape and name), picking olives and gathering lavender, carrying glasses and bottles, making bread (in baskets with canvas lining); carrying eggs or freshly caught fish (various fish have unique baskets); raising chickens, storing wine (in glass jars covered with basketry to keep the light out); carrying firemen’s water (in a zinc-lined basket); carrying clean or soiled laundry…you get the idea!

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