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A Chinese blue and white bottle, Ming (1522-1644).

The pear-shaped bottle is decorated with squirrels climbing amongst fruiting vines, the tendrils of which form the ground decoration.

The tall neck has a band of fish scale diaper with applied lotus blossoms, 31.7cm.

As with three other similar bottles in the Burghley Collection, CER0343, CER0341 and CER0325, 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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