A blue and white bottle, Chinese, Wanli, (1573-1620).

Each lobe of the pear-shaped bottle is painted with butterflies and sprays of trailing flowers divided by vertical borders of ‘dot and dash’ motifs.

The tapered neck is decorated with beaded and tasselled compartments, 30.5cm..

As with three other similar bottles in the Collection, CER0325, CER0341 and CER0327, it could be one of those appearing in two entries in the Devonshire Schedule of 1690.

This inventory itemised a massive bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

It recorded: ‘A pair of blue and white Bottles with spotts up the necks about eleaven inches high’ and ‘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.’


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