A gold-mounted standing bowl or salt, possibly Indian, early 17th Century.

The hemispherical bowl is carved with ovals; the interior with a red petalled cinquefoil with green leaves fixing the facetted ovoid stem.

The square foot is applied with gold brackets decorated with black cloisonné enamel and red and white rosettes, with cast elephant feet in gold interspersed with table cut emeralds in shaped collets, 7cm high.

The bowl appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, an inventory recording a large bequest from Elizabetb, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

Under the heading ‘Christalls Garnisht and plaine’ this lists: ‘A wrought Round Christall Cupp upon a Square ffoote with a Cover Garnisht with Gold pearles Emrods Rubies and Enamel.’

The cover is no longer extant.


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