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Basket

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1777-1778

31.5 cm length; 26.2 cm width; 24 cm height; 529 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1777-8, maker's mark of Richard Mills

Heraldry: Arms of La Marchant impaling Flott, for Thomas La Marchant (d.1816) who married in 1752 Esther, daughter of John Flott of Guernsey

Provenance: Thomas La Marchant (d.1816); by descent to Sir Denis La Marchant; by gift to Maria Farrer, the collector's mother

Bequeathed by W.F. Farrer, 1946; WA1946.182

T. Schroder (2009), no. 253

This basket represents the emergence of neoclassical design. The rapid rise of the neoclassical style plate owes to the designs being suited to industrial methods of production. Thin metal of a consistent gauge could be easily achieved with the flatting-mills and the 'fly-punch' was quick to produce intricate open-work patterns.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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