These baskets were used to provide air circulation for the fruit they held. This one is transfer printed earthenware modeled in woven basket form. There is ochre edging on both pieces.
The transfer design is of Greek classical figures and chariots, with Greek key and anthemion leaf borders. Similar pieces are attributed to Herculaneum in Coysh.
No maker's marks, but English, ca. 1820.
Size: Tray approximately 10" long, 6 5/8" wide. Basket approximately 8 3/4" long, 2 3/8" high.
Condition: Good. Basket has firing flaws to ochre rim and a 1/4" chip under rim. Undertray has 1 1/2" line from edge (not visible from front). 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, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.
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