A blue and white ovoid jar and cover, Chinese, circa 1640-50.

The vase has two leaf-shaped reserves, each charmingly painted with children at play.

The panels are set on a cracked ice ground decorated in reverse technique with lotus and scattered flower heads.

The drum-shaped cover is decorated with lotus on cracked ice, and also with swastika symbols; the flat base unglazed, 30.5cm.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory listing an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703), records under ‘Large plain China….A small blue and white Jarr eleven inches high with a hollow fflatt cover.’


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