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EDINBURGH. An extremely rare George III Bread Basket made in Edinburgh in 1813 by George McHattie.


The Bread Basket is broad rectangular in form and stands on a spreading oblong foot, decorated with reeding. The bowl of the basket is decorated with a wide band of raying lobing and rises to a beautifully shaped rim displaying an eclectic mix of unusual decorative motifs, including gadrooning, palm leaves, scrolls, flower heads and acanthus foliage. This piece also has two very unusual, shaped, side handles also decorated with gadrooning, acanthus leaves and raying shell details. The quality of this piece is quite outstanding, as would be expected from this fine maker. The rim is very well marked, and although the makers mark has been lightly struck, it is clearly the conjoined mark of George McHattie. Georgian Bread Baskets, of any form, from Scotland are extremely rare, this being only the fourth we have offered over all of the years. McHattie has obviously been influenced by Paul Storr and the high Regency style which was fashionable in London at this date.

Length: 17.5 inches, 43.75cm.

Width: 10.25 inches, 25.63cm.

Height: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm.

Weight: 38oz.