Small, silver fruit or sweetmeat basket on raised, pierced oval foot with beaded edge, the basket of similar oval form with beaded edge and two bands, one at the upper body, one at the lower, of pierced decoration in a kind of engraved leaf motif, the central band with pierced roundels inset with stylized floral motifs, the outside of the basket left undecorated, the inside walls engraved with floral swags between the pierced motifs, the central well engraved with a lion’s head erased with tongue (crest of many different families), with beaded swing handle.

Fruit or Sweetmeat Basket

Hester Bateman, London, England

1788-1789