|Molded Stoneware, Basalt & Parian|
This white molded salt glaze basket and stand dates from what must have been the highpoint...
This white molded salt glaze basket and stand dates from what must have been the highpoint of English salt glaze production. Echoes of elaborate eighteenth century silver resonate in both the shapes of these pieces and the roccoco pattern of decoration.
Though ornate, the composition of the three dimensional molded pattern is rather simple: alternating sections of pierce work and basketweave framed in elaborate scrolls. A single band of this pattern decorates the edge of the undertray underscoring the vigorous scalloped shape. While the adaptation of the pattern to the basket appears complex, it is actually two rows of the same pattern stacked to create an all-over decoration.
The pattern, combined with the flaring, scalloped profile of the basket and delicate scrollwork handles on each end, achieves a roccoco sense of frivolity in its similarity to both the elaborate silver designs of the day and actual baskets.
|Dimensions:||Stand; Length 9 in. , Width 8 3/8 in.
Basket; Length 9 7/8in., Width 6 3/4 in.,Height 3 in.
|Condition:||Invisible professional museum quality repair to one handle, very faint hairline off rim of stand.
We seldom speak of provenance on this site; we seldom know the history of the pieces we of...
We seldom speak of provenance on this site; we seldom know the history of the pieces we offer. This piece is an exception as Seekers Antiques originally purchased it from the late respected dealer, Thomas Forshee. It was acquired from us by an exceptional collector, the late Harry Root. A retired executive with Marshall Fields, Harry filled his North Shore home with an extraordinary collection of early English stoneware and earthenware ("I am not a porcelain man." he would be quick to tell you.) As a volunteer, he was deeply involved in the decorative arts department of the Art Institute of Chicago, which a few years ago mounted a special exhibition drawn from his collection--its catalog remains a valuable reference source.
We feel fortunate to have known both Tom and Harry and proud to offer this piece again.