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Fruit Basket

Date: 1826

Silver baskets (for serving fruit) and other parts of the dessert service came into fashion in the late 1700s and continued to gain favor as important table accoutrements throughout the 1800s. Designs varied from deep baskets with upright sides to shallower ones with sides that flared outward, like this example.  Many were fitted with a handle that, while not essential, added to the overall form and decorative scheme.

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Medium: Silver

Inscriptions: Marks: “RE” and “EB” (makers’ initials) incuse; crowned leopard’s head and lion passant for London assay office; “t397” scratched on base

Dimensions: H: 10 1/2 (with handle up) x W: 14 in. (3 1/2 in. basket)

Place: London, England

Accession: 0738

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - English

Tags: Silver , Fruit , Basket , Flower

Purchased October 25, 1990 from S. Wyler, Inc.