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Double handled fruit basket with male and female masks

Manufacturer: Meissen Porcelain Manufactory

Date: c.1735-1740
Dimensions:
Overall (G04.18.17): 11.5 x 23.8 x 15.2 cm (4 1/2 x 9 3/8 x 6 in.)
Medium: hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels
Credit Line: The Macdonald Collection
Origin:Germany, Dresden, Meissen
Object number: G04.18.7
DescriptionMeissen double-handled fruit basket of oval shape. The exterior moulded with the Sulkowski basketry pattern simulating a bold diagonal weave. The base and outer rim resembling cording with rope handles terminating in male and female masks representative of the Four Seasons, and the interior enamelled in the Kakiemon style, with the ‘Flying Dog’ (Fliegender Hund) pattern depicting a winged animal, a swooping crane, and a cluster of flowers with a large beetle and other insects.