A pair of French porcelain reticulated pedestal fruit baskets
third quarter 19th century Each circular basket with serrated rim, on bladed knopped stem with circular reserve enclosing B on conforming square foot. height 7 3/4in; diameter 8in
Provenance: Descended through the family to Emily Gilpin Hopkinson (1890-1972), great granddaughter of Joseph Hopkinson (1770-1842).
Joseph Hopkinson was a congressman, jurist, and author of "Hail Columbia" maintained a country residence at Bordentown, NJ, and became a close advisor and friend of Joseph Bonaparte, Comte de Survilliers, (1768-1844). Various members of the family were given objects by Bonaparte. Emily Gilpin Hopkinson donated a number of these objects to The Athenæum of Philadelphia.