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A very fine George III Sweetmeat Basket made in London in 1783 by Robert Hennell.


The Basket stands on an oval foot which is pierced with horizontal pails and roundels and displays an applied beaded base. The arched swing handle, and rim of the main body, are also decoarted with applied beading and the main body is beautifully pierced with bands of vitruvian scrolls, vertical pails and stylised flower heads in roundels. The main body is also engraved with various bands of prick dot designs. The basket is in excellent condition and is very well marked near to the rim.

These baskets were used for sweetmeats which became popular in England at the end of the Seventeenth Century and were usually referred to as sweet confections. This concept originally began as a way of preserving fruit and nuts in sugar. These baskets could be used today for a variety of things on the dining table.

Length: 6.1 inches, 15.25cm

Width: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm

Height, to the top of the handle: 5 inches, 12.5cm