A George II Silver Basket London 1739 by Robert Brown
An extremely good silver George II basket of oval form with pierced decoration and cast silver border of leaf and flower design. The swing handle with a pair of leaf capped caryatids as support and a cast apron of floral, shell and foliage design with four figural masks. Standing on four lion shaped feet. To the centre of the inside base is a fine rocaille cartouche with armorial crest.
Clearly hallmarked to the underside for London 1739 by Robert Brown. The inside top of the swing handle is also marked with the lion passant.
This is a highly unusual and very early basket of exceptional weight and construction. In absolutely original condition with no signs of damage or repair. This is an important piece very rarely encountered of such good weight and gauge of silver, with a wonderful colour and patina.
Excellent craftsmanship and very attractive for many possible uses as a central decoration for a table.
Height: 11 inches or 28cm to top of handle
Width: 12 inches or 30.5 cm
Length: 13.5 inches or 34.5 cm
Weight: 1941 g or 68.4 ounces or 62.34 ounces Troy