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)
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 circ
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.
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.
Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
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.
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