First Period Worcester Porcelain Polychrome Chestnut Basket, Cover & Stand,
The exterior of the First Period Worcester Chestnut basket is decorated in a repeating molded hexagonal pattern, each surrounding a puce floret. The body flanked by modeled branch handles with exuberant flower and leaf sprigs on each side.
The cover is edged in the same lambrequin border and is decorated with the same quatrifoil florette pattern, but this time within pierced gadrooning that borders a pierced basket weave center surmounted by a modeled branch handle with floral spring at each corner.
Dimensions: Stands 10 ¾ in. (27.5 cm.) long x 8 3/4 inches x 6 inches x 6 1/4 inches high
References: Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Spero, Simon and John Sandon, Page 479, plate 654. See Page 230, #268 for a polychrome Worcester chestnut basket, cover and stand.
The authors write that chestnut baskets or cream-basons were usually sold as a component of a dessert service. The form was introduced in the late 1760's. When sold separately, these ambitious and labour intensive pieces were expensive and in the 1769 sale of Worcester porcelain two fine oval white and gold cream basons, pierced covers and plates sold for 15s 6d, a substantial sum at that period by one calculation about $2,800.00 today.
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