South Staffordshire enamel counter basket with card decoration, c.1785
Rare South Staffordshire enamel counter basket, the oval form with pierced sides, painted to the base with a scattering of playing cards, including one monogrammed CR, with flower sprays around the well. Circa 1785
repairs to enamels around rim
11x7.5cm, 3cm high
ref. English Enamel Boxes p119 for an example, called a quadrille poole or counter tray, after the popular 18th century card game. These trays were sold in sets of five, one for each player and one for the 'kitty'.