Exceptional Antique Barbola Decorated Basket, this is an authentic one with gorgeous swags on each side of this square basket. I am so thrilled with this find, most of the baskets I see these days are either missing most of the gesso ornamentation, or they have "added floral pieces" , this one is completely original.
Most likely a waste basket, it retains the original cream paint with patina and wear especially on the rim. The paint has wear and aging, what you want to see on an original from the early 1900's. Beautiful French swags tied with ribbon bows on each corner hold flowers, they are painted gold, with little hints of soft pink still showing. Please only adopt her if you adore the shabby elegant way she looks.