Item/Description: Vintage ca 1950s-1970s Shanghai Handicrafts duck-shaped table-top centerpiece wicker basket.
This charming bird-shaped figural basket is oh-so-realistically detailed and life-like, from the delightful expression on his face, to his lovely wicker strips faux “feathers” embellishments, to the proud manner in which he floats when in the water (he is posed in a swimming position as opposed to soaring in flight). And as beautiful and appealing as he is as an objet d'art in and of himself, he is also marvelously multi-purpose, capable of decoratively storing and displaying anything and everything. Some ideas are: arts & crafts accessories/supplies; candy; doodads; doohickies; floral arrangements (dried or silk); fruit (real or faux); gewgaws; keys; letters; nuts; plant; sewing accessories/supplies; smalls; snacks; stamps; teas; treats; trinkets, whatchamacallits; whatnots; whatsits; whosits, etc.
His underside is reinforced with two (2) wooden bars strips with four (4) small pedestal-style peg “legs”
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Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1950s-1970s
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Original paper label on underside of basket reads: “Shanghai Handicrafts 329-26?0 Made in the People’s Republic of China” (the 6th number is difficult to decipher)/
Material(s)/Format: Woven wicker basketry; wood (? Bamboo); and plastic eyes.
Size/Measurements: 16"L x 10 3/4"W x 7 ½”H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: Excellent vintage collectible condition, retaining vivid coloration. There are no noted holes in any portions of the basketry weaving. There are only two nominal condition factors: (1) A bit of glue has dried-out in the space between where the top portion of the beak connects to his face, thus causing minor separation of the beak from the forehead (remediable with re-gluing); and (2) The very slight edge/tip of one of the lower tail feathers is nicked off.
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