Very early pearlware ribbon basket used on the table for chestnuts or fruit. This soft paste basket is as light as a feather, very delicate, weighing only 11 ounces, which I find amazing. It is early Leeds style pearlware, woven into an open basket / bowl. The pottery is cut into ribbons and applied to the molded base. It's hard to imagine that any of these survived, since the date is c. 1800, Made in England. Beautifully made, with Leeds style green glaze applied to ribbons, ropes, and basket pattern on the bottom. Size is 11 inches by 7.25 inches, eye shaped. Depth of the bowl is 2.75 inches. The pottery itself is a cream color with greenish finely crackled glaze. Condition is quite good, only one small issue. See last photo. One section of the woven rope is missing, about 3/4 inch. But it is on the underside, so it is not visible when on display. Other than that, good. No other chips or issues. Pretty amazing when you think of it's delicacy and antique age. I see no maker's mark, on the underside, but the greenish-bluish thick glaze may be obscuring an impressed mark that we can't see. If you collect seriously early English pottery, this is a good find. A piece this delicate will be double boxed for protection.
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Early Pearlware Ribbon Basket for Fruit or Chestnuts