These fruit baskets allowed grapes or other fruit to drain, and the air circulation prevented mold. These fruit baskets are rare survivors, even more so when they retain their trays.
This one has a central motif of floral bouquet, with additional sprays along upper interior of basket. Diapered bands around inner and outer edges of basket, upper outer edge of tray. Floral transfer on handles, blue outline of ovals.
I feel confident that this is a Spode article, as the printed design and this shape basket and stand are shown in Spode Transfer Printed Ware by Drakard and Holdway. Painted blue star on both pieces (painter's marks). Impressed "F' on stand (if Spode, this mark indicates felspar body No 17) introduced 1832
Size: Basket approximately 11" x 6", 3.25" high; stand approximately 11" x 8"
Condition: Excellent. One small (.25") manufacturing stress mark inside basket. Small area of stain on tray. A couple very small chips on underside of tray. No other 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.
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