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 standing bowl appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, which records an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

This 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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