Offered is a Worcester English Porcelain chestnut basket in unusually good condition from about 1780. The decoration consists of gilding on floral handle terminals and handles as well as trim. The applied florets are all there and in good condition including the flower and leaf terminals on each side of each handle. The handles are in great condition; everything is intact. On the bottom is a museum number ( deaccessioned from the St Louis Museum of Art according to the previous owner) and there is the expected unglazed area inside the foot rim as expected. The item transluces in a greenish hue.
Dimensions: Diameter is 9 1/8", 10 1/8" from handle to handle. The height to the top of the bowl is 2 1/2", to the top of the handles, 3".
Condition: Excellent. There are no chips or cracks or hairlines to the reticulated area as usually seen, and there is no restoration. The handles are original and undamaged. The glaze is smooth and unworn, there is no discoloration, and the gilding is good, even on the florets, and unworn.
Early period antiques are quite old, were made to be used, and frequently have signs of age and use and sometimes a small manufacturing flaw or repair. While this is normal and to be expected, I note any known issues in the condition description.
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