A silver-gilt mounted blue and white wine bowl, Chinese, late Ming, mid 17th Century.

The bowl, which measures 9cm, is decorated with five circular medallions, each painted with floral or pastoral subjects, reserved on a trellis ground; the whole dressed in pale green enamel. The bowl is lined with silver-gilt and mounts around the rim are formed as five bunches of grapes, whilst foliate mounts encircle the footrim. The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, records: “An olive Colour painted Cup with open work the ffoot and lineing within with ffive Bunches of Grapes hanging on the Top All Garnish’t”.



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