Pine Needles and Seashells Vintage Wall Basket – Primping Your Home

Pine Needles and Seashells Vintage Wall Basket

Pine Needles and Seashells Vintage Wall Basket
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This large, oval pine needle wall tray decorated with myriad varieties of seashells is the finest example we have ever offered for sale. The tray itself, beautifully woven of longleaf pine needles bound with narrow strips of raffia, is finished at the handles with graduated circlets of raffia, an unusual decorative touch. Set under glass on a bed of black felt, the bouquet of seashell flowers is accented with plastic ferns and stems of lily of the valley and surrounded by three seashell butterflies. The whole effect is quite eye-catching and very intricate. The overall design is reminiscent of the Victorian dried flower arrangements under glass. We're dating it from the 1940's, in our best estimation. 

On the reverse, there is affixed a tag, printed in black on an old-fashioned typewriter, from what was probably a cottage industry that created it:

This picture is completely handcrafted. The frame is fashioned from Pineneedles woven with raffia; the flowers from Sea Shells of many kinds; each in an original design." {quote marks are ours}

This tray measures 16 inches long, 10 1/4 inches from front to back, 1 1/2 inches high and it weighs about 1 1/4 pounds. It's in outstanding condition, every seashell in place and the tray itself having virtually no wear. The glass cover bears one tiny scratch and a slight film of dust on its underside but is otherwise intact and undamaged. Woven with raffia onto the cardboard backing is a sturdy loop for hanging, giving the option of displaying this as wall art, propped on a stand or flat on a table or dresser. This pine needle and seashell wall picture is a true treasure.
© Linda Henrich

The folk art picture frame and seashell box in our photo are for sale and can be found here:

and here:

We also have a shell art pin dish listed here:

PYH 4459

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