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Valanced oval basket with reeded rim interrupted by floral motif, a pair of festooned cherub head, and a pair of deer heads, hinged bail handle wrought with trailing floral stems and terminating in scrolled caryatids; the sides ajouré with scrolling leaf


ARMORIALS: engraved on the belly of the basket, the arms of possibly Pikenham or Watlons (NOT the Duke of Montrose).


On bottom of basket, maker's mark PL in script with a crown above, a pellet between, and a large pellet below (Grimwade 2204); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter i (1744/5).


According to tradition, from the collection of the Duke of Montrose. Estate of Dame Isabella Bell Cooper, Isleworth House and Chilton Lodge, Newbury. February 25, 1913, sold at Christie's, London, lot 35. Chrichton Bros., London. By 1928, with James Robinson, New York; October 15, 1928, sold by James Robinson to Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

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Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

English (London), 1744–45


28.2 x 36.2 x 30.1 cm (11 1/8 x 14 1/4 x 11 7/8 in.)

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