In pottery terms a 'basket' may be defined as a vase with a handle that goes across its mouth from side to side. The shape usually imitates a real woven cane basket although not always. Premier Pottery Preston made several basket shapes over the years. One of them, the 'classic Remued basket', was their top-selling product and is relatively plentiful today.
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The shape is first recorded from 1934 in the Pamela Series as Pamela 8, and there are also un-numbered Pamela examples.
During 1934 the basket entered the Remued Early Series as number 194. The earliest 194 baskets were like Pamela in that their shape was more upright, less flared than the familiar later shape.
They sold well. Different sizes were introduced and applied gumleaf decoration appeared. The use of suffixes evolved as the range expanded, resulting in a rather messy array of numbers to confront the present-day collector. Click here for the Early Series 194 catalogue page.
When the Early Series was superseded by the 500 Series the baskets were re-numbered 501. Inch suffixes were used eg 501/4, 501/6. The 500 Series was short-lived, however, and most items are rare. Not every size of basket is yet represented in the image database. Even so, the 501 baskets are more common than any other item in the 500 Series.
The Later Series replaced the 500 Series and once again it was the classic basket that led the numbering, being allocated number 1. Inch suffixes were used ranging from 1-4 to 1-12. Unlike the Early Series, the Later Series baskets never featured applied gumleaves or grapevines.
Sizes up to 8 inch have two-strand handles but 10 inch and above have three strands (with rare exceptions). Occasionally two-strand examples are found non-twisted.
The same shape - from the same potter, Allan James - reappeared in the Kerryl range where curiously it is found with two numbers; A89 recorded in a range of sizes, and also A116 with so far only a single example.