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

The canisters, which measure 21.5cm in height, 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. They are recorded in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, wife of John, 5th Earl of Exeter: “A pair of blue and white flatt square Bottles with hollow fflatt cover to them”.



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