Osiers en Provence

Sir William Russell Flint


'Osiers en Provence'
signed 'W.RUSSELL FLINT-' (lower right),
signed and inscribed with the title and artist's address (on the backboard)
Original watercolour painting
36.8 x 47cm (14 1/2 x 18 1/2in).
One of the many disappearing crafts in France, that used to be so common place.
It is probably more commonly known as.. 'Willow basket weavers'
It took a certain amount of dexterity and strength to make the baskets these ladies would make everyday.
The cane (bamboo) would be split and when in the correct consistency, it would be weaved to produce a strong and hard wearing basket that could be used everyday , sometimes for years.
The art of the osier was as common as the boulangerie or blacksmith in their day
Gradually with progress, plastic buckets became the cheaper and quicker option

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