Strawberry Fields Forever
Enamelled strawberry basket by Jane Hutcheson for Cartier, c. 1980
This silver and enamel strawberry basket is a small treasure from the house of Cartier. Luscious red strawberries stretch out from gilded stems, interspersed with white strawberry blossoms. Veined leaves, each of them in an individual shade of green, fill the rest of the basket woven from silver ribbons. The design is by designer and artisan Jane Hutcheson (1920-2014), in whose workshop the enameled flowers and fruits and foliage were also created. Cartier's artisans then made the basket. Cartier's shops also sold the fine arrangements. At this time, Jane Hutcheson was already known for her line of enameled floral arrangements, the so-called "Fleurs des Siècles", which she produced for the Gorham company in the 1970s and 1980s. Crafted with the precious materials and all the artistry of jewelry, yet not subjected to a practical purpose, the piece here is a so-called objet de vertu whose primary function is to please the eye. Hutcheson's designs drew on the long tradition of these objects, such as the 18th-century bouquets of flowers in Vincennes porcelain. Around the turn of the century, the undisputed king of the Vertu object, Fabergé, also produced floral arrangements from decorative materials. The precious object is handmade, so that each of these strawberry baskets has a unique character - it always shows an individual arrangement of strawberries and flowers. Beautifully preserved, the object is ready to spread summer mood all year round!
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