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I am suspecting that a particular design of picnic basket, from the 1800's, was French, but I don't know how to verify it. This wicker basket has a single large handle on the lid, and a loop-and-peg fastener on the front, which keeps the lid from swinging open when you pick it up. Do you know if this is a traditional French style, or what source I might refer to?

Hello Stephen,

Thank you for your question. It is a very specific question and I am not sure I can help.
I know which basket you are talking about, but I cannot say if it is French.
If you have a look on the famous painting Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, it is a simple basket.

You can have a look on the official website of the National Library
and see if there are some images representing a picnic (pique nique in French).

Also Wikipedia mention a book dealing with the history and the sociology of the picnic
Its title : Le pique-nique ou l’éloge d’un bonheur ordinaire
by Francine Barthe-Deloizy (dir.)
Editor : Bréal

I am sorry for not being more useful.


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