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An extremely rare George III Neo Classical Bread Basket made in London in 1779 by Burrage Davenport.


The Basket stands on an oval flared foot which is pierced with vertical pails and which displays beaded borders and oval cast medallions, decorated with flower heads. The main body is also pierced with Neo Classical pails and vitruvian scrolls and is decorated with applied drapery swags, floral cast medallions, as well as unusual Ram and Lion mask motifs. The bowl of the basket is engraved with a contemporary Armorial, surrounded by a bright cut cartouche. The Arms are those of the Fontain family. The cast swing handle is of exceptional quality and is decorated with blue bell drops and beaded borders. This piece is in excellent condition and is very well marked in the piercing.

Bread Baskets of this design, with the ram and lion head masks are extremely rare and we have only offered one other in over fifty years of business. Due to the unusual design and rarity, it is illustrated in Adam Silver, by Robert Rowe, Figure 35a, this also being made by Burrage Davenport in 1777. Davenport was a quality pierced worker of innovative designs and a great exponent of the Neo Classical. As well as being useful for serving on the table, it is a most beautiful decorative piece when not in use. As well as bread, it could also be used for fruit, cake or floral displays.

Length: 14 inches, 35cm.

Width: 11 inches, 27.5cm.

Height, to the top of the handle: 11.5 inches, 28.75cm.