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

The bottle is painted in greyish underglaze cobalt with alternate panels of horses galloping amongst waves and sprays of peony, within vertical borders of ‘dot and dash’ motifs, 27cm high.

As with three other similar bottles in the Collection, CER0343, CER0325 and CER0327, it could be one of those appearing in two entries in the Devonshire Schedule of 1690.

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

It records: ‘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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