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An extremely rare and unusual pair of George III Basket Salt Cellars made in London in 1777 by Robert Makepeace and Richard Carter.


The Baskets are most unusually modelled as carrying baskets with two scroll side handles and a beaded rim. Each stands on an oval pedestal foot decorated with acanthus leaves. The main body is pierced with a wide band of arch work and displays a lower lobed section. Each has a blue glass liner and is fully marked in the foot. The Salt Cellars are of a very rare Classical design, not often seen on the market.

Length, handle to handle: 4.75 inches, 11.88cm.

Width: 2.75 inches, 6.88cm.

Height: 2.25 inches, 5.63cm.

Weight: 7oz, the pair.