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Published December 09, 2011, 12:00 AM

Kovels Antiques: Chestnuts have been eaten since prehistoric times

A Chinese porcelain “chestnut basket” recently was offered for sale at a Virginia auction. We looked at the basket, which appears to be a bowl and underplate, and wondered if the reticulated (cut-out) areas were simply decorative or if they were important because the bowl held chestnuts.

By: By Terry Kovel, INFORUM

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