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September 11, 2011

Fine mesh

Distressed condition, rusty patina, organic contours, handmade feel, metallic heft; these wire baskets handily check off all my gotta-have-’em boxes … They had only moments before been set down outside a local antique store yesterday when I saw them (“Hmmm, cool baskets…”), touched them (“… wow, metal!”), and blurted out, “I’ll take these!” (“… wonder how much they are?!”) Yes, they were more than I’d normally pay, but really, have you ever seen such coolness? I have no regrets about this reflexive purchase; only seconds after laying claim to them two other shoppers tried to buy them as well … As far as I’m concerned there’s no bleaker feeling than seeing something you were considering at a flea market or antique store going to someone else … conversely, it’s always fun to tell an interested fellow-shopper there’s no use inquiring further about that awesome objét, it belongs to me. Competitiveness, thy name is Reuben.

Handsome profile

Paul was speculating that the baskets were probably damaged; that the smashed in sides were unintentional. I think just the opposite, since each is smashed the same way, lending an almost fabric-like fold to rigid metal containers.

Whorl view

My fave detail is the vortex in the top corner of each basket. A terrific naturalistic focal point, it references both whirlpool and spider web. Gorgeous! The shop owner said one of the other interested buyers had named the designer of the pieces but she didn’t remember who they’d said … I wish I knew, not that it matters. I love them with provenance or without … but if anyone out there knows I’d love hear from you. In the meantime I have to go stare at these some more, and ponder what, if anything, I should allow to rest in their nest-like cavities.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Elena Howe permalink
    September 11, 2011 5:45 pm

    These are very cool!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 11, 2011 5:46 pm

      My new loves! … and even though I paid more for them than normally, they still don’t approach what they might’ve cost in LB or LA …

  2. September 11, 2011 6:05 pm

    Dang, I would have picked them out at first glance as a wood weave, and awesome they turn out to be out of wire. Great find…even though a little more costly than you anticipated. Matti

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 11, 2011 6:38 pm

      I first thought the baskets were mere wicker, so imagine how happy I was to realize they were metal!

  3. September 11, 2011 11:55 pm

    Really beautiful you think they were made as an art piece , or was there a purpose ? I wonder how old they are ? I don’t blame you one bit for snatching them up !

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 12, 2011 12:02 am

      I wish I knew the answers to your questions … I’m hoping someone out there knows more about them …

  4. September 12, 2011 4:15 pm


    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 12, 2011 4:42 pm

      New faves … at least until next weekend!

  5. September 12, 2011 9:50 pm

    Oh yeah. If that’s damage, it’s perfection.

    I’d pop some pillows in those and do a puppy photo op while I wondered where they might live. So cool.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 12, 2011 10:27 pm

      What a great idea. Frito and Inky, if they can sit still, would perfectly complement them … brilliant!

  6. Britney Judge permalink
    September 14, 2011 12:35 am

    Those are beautiful. I’m so jealous that I’m not the one that found them (smile). Can’t wait to see you 10/1/11.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 14, 2011 2:53 am

      Jealousy only makes us better! ; ) … see you soon!

  7. September 12, 2016 11:12 am

    very beautiful art

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