English wicker-woven, champagne bottle carrying basket, c.1900. A four-bottle carrier for ferrying champagne bottles up from the cellar – something of a requisite for a country estate. The wicker is beautifully patinated and the basket itself lightly deformed by the weight of large champagne bottles. Minor loss to the wicker is to be expected, but overall this is a strong basket with a substantial, and rigid handle of wicker wrapped around bentwood. The partitions are also wicker and bentwood. Champagne bottles isn’t all that it can hold – it is perfect for the storage and artful display of other objects too -such as antique garden tools.
Condition: Original antique condition with normal wear. Structurally sound. No repairs. Please Note: Basket is large and heavy.
Size: 22” in height with handle. Base is 16” x 16”. Individual compartments are 6 ½” x 6 ½”. Basket depth is 11 ½”.