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


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)

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Medium or Technique


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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.


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


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


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, to Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Katz; 1967, year-end gift of Mrs. Katz to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 21, 1967)

Credit Line

Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection