A Small Basket

This elegant, oval basket was made in Middelburg by Hendrik Boshart around 1770. It has two curved handles and rests on four leave shaped feet. The openwork sides seems to be made of interwoven wicker. Along the lower and upper edge are moulded twigs with a flower on the handles and in the middle of the sides.
This charming basket is a small version of the larger wickerwork baskets in this model and was used to serve sweet delicacies or candy sugar.

The first silver baskets appeared in the Netherlands around 1747. The oval model with the slightly curved upstanding body is typically Dutch.
The only other place in Europe where silver baskets were made was England, but the English variants are rounder and have a hinged handle rather than an integral handle at each end.

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