Porcelain fruit basket (one of a pair)
1820 (circa) - 1840 (circa)
These elegant fruit baskets are examples of French porcelain imported into the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. The baskets, decorated with bands of green glaze and gilt, have caryatid supports of bisque porcelain. These kneeling winged winged figures are attached to the base and baskets by bolts inserted through a hole in the body of the piece and secured with screws. This technological innovation in ceramics manufacture, based on the technique used by French silversmith Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763-1850), permitted more efficient assembly and greater flexibility of design.
13.25" L x 8.0" W x 12.75" H
Gift of Pauline T. Pease
Bonaparte Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia