Basket and Liner

English (London)
1745–46, with later alterations
Marked by Nicholas Sprimont (born in Liege, France, active in London) (1716–1771)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

19.4 x 42.3 x 27 cm (7 5/8 x 16 5/8 x 10 5/8 in.) Weight: 4,224.2 gm (135 oz 16 dwt)

Accession Number

67.1191

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The oval bombé body rests on four scrolled feet. The lower section of the body is raised and chased with fluting. Four female busts draped with garlands of flowers are cast in pieces and applied above the feet. The upper section of the body has a pierced trellis pattern with chased rosettes on the intersections of the trellis work. Over the trellis pattern are chased large floral swangs. The scrolled handles on either end are heavily cast and chased with similar floral pattern and secured to the body with nuts and bolts. The undulating rim of the basket is outlined with a twisted rope border that is cast in sections, large cast acanthus leaves on either end and smaller acanthus leaves in the center of each longer side. A plain plated liner fits inside the body.

Inscription

Engraved on fluting of both sides, an illegible cipher, on underside engraved, "Mae C. Plant 1917";

Markings

On underside, leopard's head crowned; date letter k; lion passant; maker's mark NS (Grimwade 2102);

Provenance

Estate of Mrs. Frieda Wertheimer, sold Christie's, London, February 15, 1905, lot 41; estate of Mae C. Rovensky, sold Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, January 15-19, 1957, lot 928; Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Katz, Gift of Mrs. Sigmund J. Katz, The Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection. (Accession Date: Decemebr 21, 1967)

Credit Line

Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection