Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Two Yokuts Polychrome Coiled Baskets
    Aida Maggie Icho (Wachnomkot)
    c. 1925

    sedge, red bud, bracken fern root

    Aida Maggie Icho (Wahnomkot)

    It is extremely rare for history to have preserved the name of a basketmaker with her creations from the first quarter of the 20th century. Luckily, early collectors in Bakersfield, CA documented these magnificent Yokuts baskets as having been made by Aida Maggie Icho, known as Wahnomkot in her native language.

    Wahnomkot is memorialized affectionately by Frank F. Latta in his 1949 publication, Handbook of Yokuts Indians. Latta notes that Wahnomkot was from a prominent family and married the last Head Man (chief) of the Wukchumne Yokuts. She lived until 1964, producing beautiful baskets, not the least of them, these large polychrome vessels.

    Original, extant tags along with a corroborating Bakersfield ledger indicate the smaller, lidded basket in this lot was number 95 and had a price tag $25.00. The larger food bowl bears a tag with the number 281 in the base and is listed in the ledger as "Crowfoot $75.00" bought in 1926.

    Diameters: 13 ¼ and 23 ¼ inches

    Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    25th Tuesday 9:50 am CT
    Auction Dates
    25th Tuesday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    0 Days 11h 11m 45s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: 22
    Page Views: 1,216

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 70001-70396) - 10:00 AM Central Time, Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

    Show All Session Information

    Show Auction Type Info

    Exhibition Viewing Times, Title Page, Floor Session and License Information

    Additional Location Info:
    Heritage Auctions - Design District Showroom
    1518 Slocum Street
    Dallas, TX 75207

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    New Calculate Custom Domestic Shipping Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    *Reserve Not Met. A reserve has been posted on this lot, but no bids have met the reserve. The next bid will meet the reserve.

    Reserve Amount:
    Bid Protection
    w/ Buyer's Premium (BP) : $50,000.00 Minimum Next Bid: $40,000 ($50,000.00 w/ BP)
    Track Item