Bread basket

about 1765
Daniel Christian Fueter (American (born in Switzerland), 1720–1785)


Object Place: New York, New York

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 504

Dimensions

Overall: 27.1 x 37.8 x 31.1 cm (10 11/16 x 14 7/8 x 12 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

54.857

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This is one of the most sophisticated examples of American Rococo silver. Simultaneously light and monumental, the basket is a tour-de-force of design and technique. The delicate, lacy openwork lends a sense of liveliness, as light reflects off the solids and plays through the voids of the pierced body. Yet, the seemingly whimsical pattern is tightly controlled in execution and further contained by a solid, cast border of undulating fruit and foliage. The cast elements-border, scrolled feet, and twisted handle with unusual female masks-defy the solidity of their structure and add to the curving movement of the piece.

Inscription

Engraved with Harrison coat of arms

Provenance

Early ownership unknown, surely in Harrison family. To MFA, June 1954, purchased from Robert Ensko, Inc., for $3,500.

Credit Line

Decorative Arts Special Fund