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Bread basket

Bread basket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1827-1828 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Terrey, John Edward (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, raised and chased, with hinged handle

  • Credit Line:

    Mr A. G. Gooch Bequest through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 15

This bread basket might have held bread, cake or fruit and would have been passed round the table. Here the silversmith has embellished the surface with chased decoration, using special tools to model the surface without removing any metal. The centre carries an interwoven monogram.

Bread baskets were particularly popular items of tableware from about 1700 to 1800. They were usually circular, oval or boat-shaped with an everted (turned-out) rim and a high, arched, bail handle. The handle was sometimes fixed but more often hinged, as in this example. The sides were decorated by piercing or die stamping or a combination of both techniques. The basket usually rested on a supporting rim with similar decoration.

Physical description

Basket for cake or bread. Border of shells. Rococo in style but structured in panels.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1827-1828 (made)


Terrey, John Edward (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, raised and chased, with hinged handle

Marks and inscriptions

IET for John Edward Terrey, sterling, leopard, duty, date: marks struck on the rim of the basket

The centre is engraved with the interwoven monogram WRF or WRS


Height: 23.0 cm handle up, Width: 28.00 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 67 / 2701
Bequest - A G Gooch Esq., through National Art Collections Fund
John Edward Terrey worked at Foster Lane in partnership with Samuel Hennell from 1814 -1816. He moved to Hatton garden in 1819, after the partnership was dissolved, where he was registered as a plateworker. Apart from making new silver, Terrey also "improved" antique silver by rechasing and altering the function of the piece.

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1827-8, mark of John Edward Terry.


Metalwork; Food vessels & Tableware


Metalwork Collection

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