26.4 x 30.1 cm (10 3/8 x 11 7/8 in.)
Gift of Richard and Ann Gridley 2016.302
Sheaves of wheat adorning the rim of this basket allude to the flour used in pastries and cakes for tea.
Drinking tea at the end of the day, accompanied by sweet cakes and savory delights, became an established ritual in Britain at all levels of society during the 1700s. In grand houses, silver teapots, caddies, and cake baskets elevated this afternoon refreshment to a formal gathering.
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