These fruit baskets allowed grapes or other fruit to drain, and the air circulation prevented mold. These fruit baskets are rare survivors.
This one has an all-over pattern of sea shells on the floor. Borders around upper part of interior and exterior are also decorated with this sea shell motif. The shells vary in specie and form, and appear to be modeled after actual shells. No marks. I have not been able to find this transfer pattern in Coysh, but this shape basket is shown in Spode Transfer Printed Ware by Drakard and Holdway, although the pattern is not listed there, either. Too wonderful a pattern to remain undocumented, but where?
Size: Approximately 9.75" x 6.5", 3.25" high
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, I would expect a return if I happen to miss anything.