A pair of small bottles, probably Transitional, third quarter 17th Century.

The spherical body of these small bottles, surmounted by a cylindrical neck, is a characteristic Chinese ceramic shape. They are covered in greyish cobalt blue glaze, with some traces of gilt floral decoration still in evidence. The footrim and mouth of the bottles, which are 10cm in height,  are applied with pierced silver-gilt mounts. The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, which itemises an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, records: “A pair of purple Bottles with gold fflowers Top and Bottome garnished”.

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REFERENCE: CER0379

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