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George II Silver Basket

Date: 1758

Maker: Samuel Herbert And Company

Country: England

£8,750
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A magnificent George II silver basket of oval form with excellent quality hand cut pierced work and a Chinoiserie theme. This really is a very fine example. Both the upper border and bottom frieze are cast with flowers, scrolls, and Chinese face masks. The swing handle has a cast figure of a Chinese lady to both sides. The centre is beautifully engraved with a coat of arms within a large decorative cartouche. Very good weight and colour.

Weight 1770 grams, 56.9 troy oz.

Height 30cm (total including handle), 12cm (basket only).

Top measures 38 x 32cm.

London 1758.

Maker Samuel Herbert & Co.

Sterling silver.

Literature. Antique Silver Fruit Baskets are nearly always described as cake baskets but were more commonly used for bread and fruit. Although 17th century versions are known to exist these baskets were not commonly found until about 1735 onwards. Early examples usually have side handles or no handles and tend to be considerably heavier than George III examples and later.

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