George III Silver Basket

GBP 2,750.00

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Object Description

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.

Arthur Annesley, London silver maker, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. Only mark entered as largeworker 1758.

Object 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.

Object Condition

This lovely antique basket is in very good condition. Stamped on the base with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks, the handle is unmarked. There are some minor dents to the bottom rim and a number of pin prick marks in the bottom centre.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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