A silver-gilt mounted purple-glazed jug, Chinese, Transitional (1620-1683).

The jug, which measures 12.5cm in height, is covered in a rich aubergine purple lead silicate glaze. The lower section is of near globular form, surmounted by a tall cylindrical neck, the whole supported on a splayed foot. The knopped lid, a central band and the footrim are all of silver-gilt, the two former linked by a silver-gilt scroll handle. The jug was part of the bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, which is known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule. This records: “A Purple Cann garnisht Top Bottom and Middle” under the heading “Lesser China garnisht with silver Guilt”.

 

REFERENCE: CER0378

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