RARE AND IMPORTANT CHARLES II BEADWORK BASKET, DATED 1659
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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- Height 8 1/4 in. by Width 13 1/2 in. by Length 22 in.
Signed MARY BLOMFIELD/ ANNO 1659, reverse with a label printed International Art Treasures Exhibition Assembly Rooms Bath 1973 Exhibit No. 158.
Christie's, South Kensington, July 14, 1992, sale 4716, lot 162.
International Art Treasures Exhibition, Bath, 1973
Beadwork baskets were special creations, as they were not for any practical purpose, and are often decorated with celebratory imagery. They were often created to mimic the forms of silver christening baskets. This example could be commemorating a wedding, as fruit and foliage are often suggestive of fecundity. Beads began to be imported from Venice and Amsterdam around 1630, and they were instantly popular since they were interpreted as symbols of the exotic.
A basket with a similar composition and also worked in beads and depicting Charles II and Catherine of Braganza in the center is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (39.13.1).