A small Indian agate pot and cover, 17th Century.

This pot was probably from Cambay on the west coast of India, which then, as now, was the centre of the Indian hardstone industry. 4.8cm high.

It is on a gold-mounted European foot of the same period.

It is thought to have been part of an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

The bequest was listed in an inventory known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift and although the pot appears not to be specifically itemised in the inventory, it sits within a group of similar objects from the period with that provenance and is of a type much favoured by the countess.


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