RARE CHINESE SOLID SILVER & ENAMEL LIDDED BASKET
H: 23cm W: 26cm Weight: 465g
An extremely rare 18th century Chinese solid silver filigree & enamel lidded basket, of lobed form supported on six leaf shaped feet. The delicate handwoven filigree is applied with enamel floral plaques, the sides with a looped handle and the cover mounted with a melon shaped finial. The top of the lid has an oval cartouche engraved with the Mainwaring coat of arms; the family name goes back as far as the Norman Conquest of 1066.
The workmanship is of the highest quality and can only have been made by 18-19th century master silversmiths; the quality of this basket resembles the style of the well respected Canton retail silversmith Cutshing, who was renowned for creating enamelled and jeweled filigree items for the European Royal households, the Russian imperial court, Arab Sultanates and Maharajah’s palaces. A very similar example can be seen at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
Stand 111, Gray’s Antiques Market
58 Davies Street