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This is a very rare offer of a spectacular moulded and reticulated chestnut basket, cover and stand, made by Worcester between 1770 and 1775 in their 1st or "Dr Wall" period.
Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to create items in porcelain. Alongside other great potteries such as Derby, Chelsea and Bow, they pioneered a new industry that would grow out to be huge in the following century.
The porcelain used is characteristic for the period; it has a slightly cream/grey hue as it contains no or very little bone ash. It has a very particular sound when tapped, which is unique for items of this period.
The basket has many spectacular features; it is beautifully moulded like a basket with little flowers all over; the cover as well as the rims of the stand are reticulated; the finial is a large flower bud, elegantly draped over the cover with little leaves and a second smaller bud; and in the centre of the stand a beautiful flower arrangement has been painted by a skilled hand. The handles of both the basket and the cover are in the shape of shells, picked out in gilt. The main colours of the items are beautiful puce, green and yellow, and there is some modest gilding of the rims.
These baskets are called "chestnut baskets" and were fashionable in this period; Worcester created many different ones with and without covers and stands. This rather elaborate one is very unique and rare. An identical one is on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
This is a very unique offer to own a rare item by one of the great potters from the 18th Century, and needless to say it is very rare to find one that has no significant damage or wear and no repairs at all.
CONDITION REPORT The basket and cover are in perfect condition with no damage and hardly any wear - just a tiny bit of gilding loss along the rims. The tray still looks as stunning as the basket and cover, but has a complex crack that runs along the rim. It does not go through completely so it is clear that the stand has never been broken off, but it is advised to handle the stand with great care. All colours are bright and fresh, and there is no loss of colours anywhere. There is no crazing; all items rings like a bell.
Kilns were fired on coal in the 1700s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. This set is made of very early porcelain and therefore has some specks and uneven areas that occurred during the second firing.
Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 18th and 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.
There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!
DIMENSIONS basket 22cm (8 3/4") X 14cm (5.5") incl handles, stands 7.5cm (3") high; stand 28cm (11") X 22cm (8 3/4") incl handles; total height of basket and cover on stand is 15cm (6").
SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.
Please note that although this is not a very big item, shipping costs have been increased a bit in order to provide for insurance costs.
Very rare chestnut basket, Worcester 1770-1775
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