Worcester Basket by James Giles
Worcester Basket decorated by James Giles, of low
circular form and rope twist handles, decorated with sprays
flowers and with fancy birds within three leaf-shaped panels outlined
by a scalloped gilt line and edged with bright blue
the well and flowering sprigs on the basket roundels, the exterior with
applied flowerheads in turquoise, the handle terminals with applied
Diam: 20.8 cm c. 1770-75
This basket is Giles’s response to the latest fashions from France, specifically Sèvres, which produced services decorated with blue reserves, termed feuilles de choux, such as these.
The flowers, particularly the wind blown tulip, blue convolvulus and auriculas, and the fanciful birds are hallmarks of the Giles oevre.
Ref: S. Hanscombe, James Giles, China and Glass Painter, no. 60 for a similarly decorated plate.