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George III Silver Basket

Date: 1760

Maker: Arthur Annesley

Country: England

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An early English silver basket of oval form with a fruiting vine decorated swing handle and traditional bead borders. First year of George III's reign. Very heavy weight. The attractive wirework design has applied decoration of vine leaves, bunches of grapes and wheat stalks which have been stamped and chased and then soldered onto the wires. This type of ornament shows that this basket would originally have been used for fruit or bread.

Weight 1369 grams, 44 troy ounces.

Height 28 cms to top of handle). Top measures 35.5 x 30 cms.

London 1760.

Maker Arthur Annesley.

Sterling silver.

Literature: 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 they 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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