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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A Superb Pair of First Period Worcester Porcelain Blue & White Covered Chestnut Baskets & Stands"
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The exterior of the baskets are decorated in a repeating molded hexagonal pattern, each surrounding an underglaze blue, quatrifoil florette. The body flanked by modeled branch handles with flower and leaf sprigs on each side. The inside is decorated with a printed depiction of a fruit and flower bouquet, surrounded by a lambrequin border.
The cover is edged in the same lambrequin border and is decorated with the same quatrifoil florette pattern, but this time within pierced gadrooning that borders a pierced basket weave center surmounted by a modeled branch handle with floral spring at each corner.
The stand has a central panel decorated with a fruit and flower bouquet pattern (II.C.9 & II.C), surrounded by the four-petal flowerheads within a gadroon border, framed by the lambrequin border; all flanked by the branch and flower handles.
The authors write that chestnut baskets or cream-basons were usually sold as a component of a dessert service. The form was introduced in the late 1760's. When sold sperately, these ambitious and labour intensive pieces were expensive and in the 1769 sale of Worcester porcelain two fine oval white and gold cream basons, pierced covers and platwes sold for 15s 6d, a substantial sum at that period by one calculation about $2,800.00.
|Height||6.00 inch||(15.24 cm)|
|Width||10.75 inch||(27.30 cm)|
|Depth||8.75 inch||(22.22 cm)|