A pair of large blue and white jars, Chinese, Wanli, circa 1620-40.

The vessels are made in three sections, luted at the mid point and base.

Each ovoid body is painted with a brocade design of scrolling lotus above a basal frieze of leaves resembling a script `B’.

The short waisted neck is decorated with floral meander and the domed cover with related floral work below a prominent ball knop, 40cm.

These pieces appear in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, the inventory listing an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

Under the heading ‘Large plain China’ are: ‘a pair of large Jarrs of blue and white fflowers of running work about sixteen inches high and covers to them one of them with four lyons heads near the neck with holes through the heads.’

Also, ‘A jarr and cover of the same colours size and worke parting in the middle.’

The latter, CER0315, is now missing its cover.


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