A gold, enamel and gem-set miniature pilgrim flask, probably English, circa 1660.

This lovely little flask of white ribbed royal blue enamel is enriched with silver mounts set with rose cut diamonds, 7cm.

It was part of an immense bequest to Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703), from her mother Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), recorded in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule.

This inventory listed the entire contents of the Countess’s suite of private apartments at Chatsworth.

Listed amongst ‘Gold Things’ there was: ‘A Blue and White Enamel’d Bottle Transparant in Ribbs with Gold Chaine sett around with Diamonds top and Bottome.’


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