A blue and white bottle, Chinese, Wanli period (1563-1620).

The pear-shaped body is decorated with shallow lobes, each painted with Buddhist emblems, or birds and flowers, below a collar of trellised gadroons, height 30.5m.

As with three other similar bottles in the Collection, CER0343, CER0341 and CER0327, it could be one of those appearing in two entries in the Devonshire Schedule of 1690:

…’A pair of blue and white Bottles with spotts up the necks about eleaven inches high’ or, ‘two blue and white Bottles with long necks different shapes one eleaven and a halfe inches high the other twelve and a halfe inches high.’

The Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, is an inventory itemising a massive bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).


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