National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Shaker Basket Shaker Basket
Rendered by Alfred H. Smith (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 21.7 x 28.4 cm (8 9/16 x 11 3/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.13494
Not on View
From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 3 of 17

To make work more efficient, Shakers adapted many common items to specific purposes. This bean sieve was made by adding holes to the bottom of a basic basket design. The careful workmanship and perfect symmetry of the weave suggest the high standard of quality required of even the simplest articles.

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