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

The jug 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, 12.5cm. 

The jug was part of a bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689) to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703), which is recorded in an inventory known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule.

This lists, under the heading ‘Lesser China garnisht with silver Guilt’: ‘A Purple Cann garnisht Top Bottom and Middle.’


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