Oblong chestnut basket, the sides pierced with a decorative lattice design, with matching oblong stand. Transfer printed with 'Ancient Rome' pattern in underglaze blue. Figures seated at a fountain under arches to ruins. Floral scroll border and fleur-de-lys to moulded side handles. Manufactured by the Carey Factory of Longton, Staffordshire, circa 1850.
Miss Doreen Hunt collection (No.157). A gift to the National Trust from Miss Doreen Hunt, Bourne, Lincolnshire in May 1991.
Marks and inscriptions
ANCIENT ROME (in rectangular border transfer printed in blue on base)
Makers and roles
Carey Factory, potters