Basket

French (Niderviller)
Custine period
about 1775–80
Artist Unknown, 19th century


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

9.5 x 36.5 cm (3 3/4 x 14 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1985.83

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware decorated in polychrome enamels

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

The large oval dish is molded and pierced to simulate basketwork. The cupped walls, which curve in slightly at the top and sharply to the base, are decorated with a broad upper border of interlaced strapwork above three tiers of upright straps linked by three cross bands. The foot flares slightly and there are two twisted handles at the ends. The outside is outlined and shaded with purple enamel to accentuate the basketwork, and the piercing is outlined with the same color on the inside. In the center on the inside is a large floral bouquet painted in natural colors. It consists of two pink roses and two purple tulips, one above and one below the roses, with smaller flowers and buds in yellow, blue, and purple. The flowers are finely delineated and shaded in their individual colors, except for those in yellow, which are shaded with puce to give a tannish appearance. The leaves are slightly bluish green, outlined and shaded with black.

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

April, 1960, purchased in Paris by Rita and Frits Markus, New York and Chatham, MA; 1985, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus