A pair of Chinese rectangular canisters and covers, circa 1640.

The canisters are decorated with leaf-shaped reserves of blossom on a cracked ice ground, surrounded by lotus sprays in reverse technique.

The white ground covers have a lotus bloom on each facet, 21.5cm.

They are recorded in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory recording 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 listed: ‘A pair of blue and white flatt square Bottles with hollow fflatt cover to them.’

REFERENCE: CER0340

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