A gold and enamel mounted coral flask, 17th Century.

The coral body of this charming little flask, which measures 3.8cm in height, is carved in imitation of basketweave and the lid finely enamelled with pansies, daffodils and eglantines. It is probably Italian and would originally have been used as a scent bottle. It appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, which recorded a large bequest received by Anne, wife of John, 5th Earl of Exeter from her mother Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire: ‘A Little Corall Bottle and Topp Gold Enamel’d’.



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