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Creamware Chestnut or Orange Basket - 1992

Creamware Chestnut or Orange Basket
    Creamware Chestnut or Orange Basket

Pierced Chestnut or Orange Basket. A domed pierced circular footed basket with pierced lid, crowned by a typical rose knop. Originally appeared in the Wedgwood Queen's Ware catalogue of 1779. Prior to this it was issued with a solid base with only the cover pierced & known as a Chestnut Bowl, which first appeared as shape No.32 in the first catalogue of 1774.

Pierced Chestnut or Orange Basket. A domed pierced circular footed basket with pierced lid, crowned by a typical rose knop. Originally appeared in the Wedgwood Queen's Ware catalogue of 1779. Prior to this it was issued with a solid base with only the cover pierced & known as a Chestnut Bowl, which first appeared as shape No.32 in the first catalogue of 1774. In the late eighteenth century favourite items for adorning the dessert were whole oranges and lemons, whose peel had been carved with intricate designs in the form of flowers, stars, borders, ‘or any other financial ornament’. All sorts of citrus fruits were decorated in this way including Seville and China oranges, citrons, bergamots and green ‘baby’ oranges and lemons, though these were apparently difficult to obtain in England other than on estates with orangeries. With the great popularity of oranges as a delicacy for dessert it was not surprising that one of Josiah Wedgwood I’s, most intricate items of Queen’s ware were the orange bowls, pierced to reveal the prepared oranges, peeping through the lattice work of the bowl and lid. The shape appears in his notable catalogue of ‘useful wares’ produced in 1774. The so-called Wedgwood ‘Orange Bowl’ sometimes known as an ‘Orange Basket’, has certainly been in production since the 1770s, and is produced as prestige items at intervals even today. .

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD®
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    92
    BB
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1992
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: pierced
  • Accession number: 12089, 12089a
  • Dimensions: 237 mm (width of base), 204 mm (depth of base), 119 mm (height of base), 110 mm (approximate height of cover), 208 mm (diameter of cover)

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