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A highly important George III Bread Basket made in London in 1809 by Benjamin Smith II & James Smith II.


This very rare and important Bread Basket is cast and stands on a circular flared foot decorated with reeding and an unusual band of pointed V designs. The large circular main body rises to a reed and tie border interspersed with vines and grapes, which encloses a pierced border of wheat ears - a very unusual design. This specific decoration points to the specific use of this piece. The bowl of the basket is engraved with a mirror cypher surrounded by a circular double bead and blue bell drop cartouche. The cast swing arched handle is decorated with a raying flower head motif, which was a design specific to the Smith workshops. The quality of design and production is outstanding with this piece and it is in excellent condition. The basket is very well marked in the foot.

Benjamin & James Smith were brothers and were in partnership from 1809 until 1812. Before moving to London, to work closely with Paul Storr and the firm of Rundell & Bridge, Benjamin & James Smith lived and worked in Birmingham, for some time in partnership with Matthew Boulton. The quality of their work, either alone or in partnership, is comparable to that of Paul Storr. Benjamin Smiths work is contained within the collection of Her Majesty the Queen and his most important production is probably the Jamaica Service of 1803 in the Royal Collection.

Diameter: 12.1 inches, 30.25cm.

Height to the rim: 3 inches: 7.5cm.

Height to the top of the handle: 9 inches, 22.5cm.

Weight: 50oz