Red Anchor Chelsea basket, Exotic Birds, circa 1755
Large Chelsea basket, the pierced sides with regularly placed daisy heads picked out in blue, the handles with encrusted flowers and leaves entwined with pink ribbon binding, the interior painted with a large scene of an exotic bird on a rock flanked by two smaller within bushes.
Red (or ‘brown’) Anchor mark,
29×21.5cm, 11.5cm high
Good condition with no restoration; colours have mis-fired, especially the green (not an uncommon occurrence at this period). The thick glassy glaze has numerous ‘craze’ lines throughout, not cracks to the body but signs of a mis-fitting, thick glaze shrinking more than it should in the firing. some very minor sanding & pitting from the kiln firing, and the foot with thick pools of glaze and signs of original grinding to make it flat. Overall, remarkably intact, including almost all flower petals and buds and leaves!
Provenance; Christies sale sticker (New York?)