Bread basket

Bread basket
Bread basket
Bread basket
Bread basket
Title
Bread basket
Date 
1777
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 3/4 x 5 x 13 7/8 in. (22.2 x 12.7 x 35.2 cm) Silver Weight: 33 oz (troy) 0.4 dwt (1027 g)
Description 
Raised and pierced silver bread basket with cast ornament; flat, oval bottom, engraved in the center with a lion rampant on fess over the initials, "I . C" in gothic script; body constructed of flared sides with pierced honeycomb pattern outlined with inscribed dividing lines along exterior; cast, reeded shoulder band applied at joint of sides and gallery; geometric pierced gallery along rim of shoulder and similar geometric pierced foot-ring at base, and plain draw-molded band at joint; cast, foliate swags applied around sides of basket, and hung from shoulder; two cast reeded loop handles with wheat bundle motifs at centers applied to opposite sides of the body rim; hallmarks and maker's mark stamped at underside.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
Object Number 
1939.197
Marks 
engraved: in the center: a lion rampant on fess over the initials, "I . C" in gothic script stamped: on the base: "J S L" in a banner, a lion rampant in a crowned shield, "V" in a crowned shield, three crosses in an ovoid crowned surround, "S" in a circular surround
Gallery Label 
Bread was a mainstay of the Dutch diet, both in the Netherlands and in its American colony. Elegant bread baskets such as this, a standard product of eighteenth-century Amsterdam silversmiths, reflect the importance of bread in Dutch dining rituals. This basket graced the dining room of the New York City leather merchant Israel Corse, Jr. (1819-1885). This basket was not a family heirloom, but an antique objet d'art purchased by Corse, an avid nineteenth-century collector. Johannes Schiotling, a master of the Neoclassical style, crafted a tour de force of naturalism: against a geometric backdrop of honeycomb piercing, he successfully imitates in silver the weight and texture of laurel leaf festoons draping languidly over the molding.
Provenance 
Israel Corse, Jr. (1819-1885), who married Catherine Ketchum (1828-1906); to their daughter Angeline Burr Corse (1847-1906), who married Cadwalader Evans (1847-1880); to their daughter Lena Cadwalader Evans (1873-1955), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group