Bridal Basket - Silver Wash - Victorian Era - Fox and Bird on Handle - Leaf and Male Facial Form Feet
This is a lovely Victorian Aesthetic era, possibly a Reed and Barton silver plate bridal basket. It is a generous 14 1/2" tall and just over 8 1/2" in diameter and width. The bowl has an interior feminine geometric etched pattern and a smooth rimmed lip. The handle is embellished with a three dimensional fox with a bird and the handle has strong joints allowing it to stand up freely or to be folded over the bowl's edge. The base is detailed with a grouping of leaves possibly those of an Arum Lily around a center post with mask medallions at each foot. It is truly an example of the yin and yang showing both the female and male aspects of this work of art. There are some superficial scratches inside the bowl and on its underside and the bowl is slightly off level but it is so slight that it is difficult to ascertain. There is a tiny linear dent measuring less than 3/8" long and less than 2mm wide on the lip's edge of the bowl. The wear is consistent with age as would be expected for a piece of the era. There is no silver loss or pitting, and the patina is wonderful. Overall it is a wonderful example of Victorian artisan talent and would make a grand addition to your home decor or your period silver collection. Wouldn't floating roses look beautiful inside the bowl?