Magnificent Pair of French Carved Stone Fruit and Flower Baskets
Sourced from a magnificent chateau outside Grenoble, France, this superb pair of hand-carved limestone baskets is the best (and largest) we have ever seen or owned. From the second half of the 19th C, they are in amazing condition, with only a few minor chips and loaded with moss and lichen. But what really surprises is the scale. The baskets are surmounted on English 19th C moss-laden carved stone plinths that measure 24" square x 12" hi, so the overall measurements are 48" hi x 38" diameter. Each basket is carved from a single piece of stone and overflows with sunflowers, cabbage roses, apples, grapes, bananas, pomegranates, and melons. Topped with artichokes, they will make a breathtaking statement atop your entrance gate piers or flanking your front entrance. Photos do not do these justice, so plan a trip to CT if possible.
France, CA 1870.
H: 48 in (121.92 cm) D: 38 in (96.52 cm) W: 38 in (96.52 cm)
Price: $80,000, the pair with plinths
Ref: SO 1002