This extmemely large basket was made by H.P. Sinclaire during the Brilliant Period. It is signed with the Sinclaire trademark. Sinclaire was a master of combining cutting and engraving and this piece is a perfect example of some of the beautiful artistry they produced.
The engraving looks to be a stylized sunflower. Each sprouts from the base in four large, clear fields. Split, crosshatched vesicas also shoot from the base much like Hawkes’ Venetian design and are topped with large hobstars and fans. The base is finished with a hobstar and the edge is done in engraved dots. This same engraving is used all along the very dramatically angled handle.
Again, this basket is gigantic, measuring 15″ tall and a staggering 13 1/2″ across the rim. It’s free of any damage save for some very light scratches. I have never seen this shape for a basket, but it is completely functional in addition to displaying elegantly unfilled.
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