A pair of silver-gilt-mounted European porcellaneous miniature vases and covers, probably circa 1660.

It is possible that these jars, which are 5.5cm in height, represent very rare examples of the work of the factory set up by George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham at Lambeth in 1663. Tests have recently demonstrated that the jars are made of a form of soft paste. Most early attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain were based upon one type or other of soft paste. They are listed in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule as: “A pair of little Jarrs and covers guilt and enamel’d with ffestoons and boyes heads.”



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