Openwork Fruit Basket
American China Manufactory (Bonnin and Morris), Philadelphia, 1770 - 1772
In 1841 Dr. James Mease presented this basket to the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, with a letter explaining that it was made at the city's American China Manufactory. With the early documentation this letter provides, this basket is the standard---a Rosetta Stone---for authenticating wares produced by the factory.
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