Pair Wrocs oval baskets
Lot 62
A pair of Worcester oval dessert baskets circa 1770-75
Sold for £4,080 (US$ 6,851) inc. premium
Lot Details
A pair of Worcester oval dessert baskets
circa 1770-75
The sides pierced with overlapping circles and applied on the exterior with florets at the intersections, the green rope-twist handles with applied flowers at the terminals, decorated with the 'Marchioness of Ely' pattern, the solid 'Wet Blue' ground reserving large central panels, both painted with two splendid Fancy Birds in a detailed landscape vignette, with a smaller bird in flight and another in a simple tree behind, the panels framed with elaborate gilding of linked C-scroll ornament, 23.2cm (9 1/8in) long, crescent marks (minor losses to applied flowers)


  • The extensive dessert service that belonged to Caroline, Marchioness of Ely, sold at Christie’s on 28 March 1908, did not include baskets. The same border design and gilding is found on flower painted services, and a related basket in the Zorensky collection is illustrated by John Sandon and Simon Spero (1996), p. 259, fig. 307. Compared with such flower-painted examples, however, baskets in the elaborate Marchioness of Ely pattern are surprisingly rare. A basket with Fancy Birds in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain is illustrated by Henry Sandon (1969), pl. 84. The applied flowers have 'hot cross bun buds', a feature associated with the work of John Toulouse.
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