Lately, I've encountered some fabulous tole-painted wicker baskets by the late folk artist Sally Patchin. Apparently, Patchin lived in upstate New York and painted these treasures throughout the first half of the 20th Century.
This Patchin "suitcase" basket from Ruby Lane seller The Purple Doorknob caught my eye:
I like the unusual shape, not to mention the folksy painted details.
Seller New Hope Antiques offers this Patchin log basket:
Again, the thoughtful hand-painted details lend a lot of charm to an everyday, utilitarian object.
This next is not a Patchin, but I like the tole details on the wood panels that frame this basket from A Bridge To The Past:
Can't you just imagine some Arnold Print Works critters sitting cozy in there?