BASKETS, FRUIT-RETICULATED (Twisted Handles)
Also Called :
Reticulated Baskets, Chestnut Baskets, Fruit Baskets
Early to Mid 19th Century
Price Range :
$1,250.-$1,500. Basket & Stand; Basket only $1,050.-$1,250.; Stand only $200.-$250.
Jane Wilson—Picture first appeared in her 1966 booklet, 2nd Edition, page 8 and same picture was in her last 1977 booklet, 3rd Edition, page 18.
Not For Sale–Not In Collection
Description: Fruit Baskets and their matching stands are very popular and are one of the most useful and decorative of Canton forms. We have divided Fruit Baskets into 5 categories: No Handles, Shell Handles, Twisted Handles, Square Handles & Florets, and Solid Sided. This page is devoted to the very rare reticulated or pierced baskets with twisted handles. The term “reticulated” means here, a network of elongated holes. Shown here are two pictures from Jane Wilson’s 1966 & 1977 Canton booklets. The basket was not pictured with a stand and no size details were given. Also, an example was not pictured in Herbert Schiffer’s 1975 book. We have never owned or seen a twisted handle basket & stand. Color of reticulated baskets ranges from a light blue to dark blue. The basket pictured has 3 reticulations in vertical rows.
Twisted handles are common on many Canton forms but, very rare on baskets. The pictures indicates a fancy attachment where the handles meet the basket. We hope a collector will come forth who owns a twisted handled basket so more pictures and dimensions can be shown.
These baskets and stands have in common: rain cloud borders around their rims, they are all oval, the stands are slightly larger than the baskets and all have glazed bottoms.
Fruit baskets with handles are quite a bit more expensive than baskets with no handles. All handles are very delicate and exposed and can be easily damaged. That is one reason why undamaged baskets are more expensive. When buying baskets with handles look carefully to see if they have been repaired which would affect the value. Baskets and stands often become separated and we estimate that stands alone are about 1/3 the value of a set.