A Milanese enamel and gold-mounted rock crystal standing bowl, circa 1600.

The octolobate body is carved with scrollwork, beading and stylised flowers, the urn-shaped stem encircled with two bands of enamelled gold, above a circular foot, 10.8cm high.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule recording an immense bequest from the Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, lists under ‘Christalls Garnisht and plaine’:.. ‘A wrought Ribd Christall ovall Cupp upon an Ovall ffoot sett togeather in Two plates with Gold and Black enamel’.


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