A minature faceted cornelian bowl, 17th Century.

This little bowl, which measures 4cm in diameter, has eleven equal facets and a small flaring foot rim. It most probably originated from Cambay on the west coast of India, which was an important port in the 17th Century and also the centre of the Indian hardstone industry. There were many cornelian pieces in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, the large bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter, Anne, wife of John, 5th Earl of Exeter, and it is probable that this was one of ‘Two Little Round Cornelian Cupps’ mentioned, the other being EWA08537.


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