A George III Silver Basket


An early George III silver sweetmeat basket.

An early George III silver sweetmeat basket, with a hinged handle formed from twisted silver wire and with open sections and a vacant cartouche with a frilled border, fitted to a wirework basket with a shaped edge and a beaded ribbon border, with applied trailing vines and wheatears and butterflies on the wirework, around an oval base engraved with an exuberant copperplate initial P within a Rococo style cartouche, and raised on a plain oval foot. London 1766 by Thomas Foster.

Condition: Overall very good, the piece is in excellent condition with no damage to the wirework nor losses to the applied decoration, the marks are clear and legible and the engraving to the centre appears to be the original. Overall the piece has a lovely appearance and colour, as well as the delightful charm of mid eighteenth century silver.

Width = 18 cm (7”)
Weight = 138 g (4.42 oz t)