chestnut basket

Worcester Porcelain Factory, 1751

chestnut basket

Worcester Porcelain Factory 1751


Chestnut basket with lid and stand, soft paste porcelain, twig handles and flowers in high relief, the body moulded in basket form and painted with four leaf flowers in underglaze blue and enamelled overglaze flowers inside the body.

Display Label

Social Ritual Afternoon tea, or dinner with friends and family, going out for a coffee, or having a drink in the pub are just a few of the social rituals enjoyed by many. Some rituals have survived through the centuries, or been adapted to suit our ever-changing society, whilst others have been lost in the mists of time. Different cultures have their own social rituals. Although sometimes seen as strange and exotic, they often inspire other countries to adopt them. Food, drink and the rituals associated with them, once new, expensive or for the elite, are now taken for granted and part of everyday life. The objects on display reflect some of those rituals; where they came from and how they have changed, those that have survived and those that were lost. They each tell a story about a time and a place, the people from the past and society today.

Object Name

chestnut basket

Date Created

c 1770-1780

accession number


Place of creation




Harold Raby bequest


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