Truly a unique find, this wine grape harvesting basket, or hotte, was handwoven in circa 1890. Many of the grape hottes from the late 19th and early 20th century were made out of metal, but this particular basket, which was found in Beaune, France (the wine capital of Burgundy), was crafted from a pliable plant material, most likely willow. Another interesting aspect is the 24 inch tall wall that has leather straps fitted through the wicker weave. The straps would have allowed a grape harvester to wear the hotte on his/her back, but it could also be toted by the two small handles on the sides. There are three small legs on the underside, which do slightly affect the center of gravity, but would have allowed the hotte to be placed on the vineyard ground. A perfect accessory for a bar area, the hotte could also be hung on a wall of a kitchen, making a wonderful fruit and produce holder. Another classic country French idea is to fill it with dried flowers.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with minor losses and age separations. Light buildup and slight traces of old wood worm. The original leather straps are still present, and are secured by a large wood dowel, which is most likely original.