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

The bowl 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, 9cm.

It is lined with silver-gilt and mounts around the rim are formed as five bunches of grapes, whilst foliate mounts encircle the footrim.

The bowl appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory listing an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

Under the heading ‘Lesser China garnisht with Silver guilt’ it 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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