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Hester Bateman. A very fine and rare George III Sugar Basket made in London in 1787 by Hester Bateman.


This unusual basket is boat shaped in form and stands on a high oval pedestal foot which is decorated with an applied band of beading. The foot is also decorated with prick dot and bright cut designs. The rim and arched swing handle is also decorated with beading and the main body displays bands of foliate designs and bright cut garlands. The front and reverse of the basket are engraved with a bright cut navette shaped cartouche, one containing a contemporary Armorial and the other a contemporary Crest. The interior displays its original gilding and the foot shows a crisp set of hallmarks. The Arms and Crest are those of the Parker family of Hurstmonceaux, County Sussex and Green Park, County Cork. Solid Baskets by Hester Bateman are very uncommon, as most were pierced.

Length: 6.1 inches.

Width: 4.25 inches.

Height, to the top of the handle: 7.5 inches.

Weight 10oz.