A yellow-glazed tripod vessel, Chinese, Transitional, third quarter 17th Century.

The form of this vessel, which measures 9.5cm overall, is derived from an archaic bronze food container. It has a shallow rounded bowl incised with a narrow frieze of scrolling foliage and is supported on three curved blade-like feet projecting from grotesque animal mask capitals; the silver-gilt, spirally-twisted swing handle is mounted at the apex and terms with acorn drops. The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, which itemised an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, records: “A Yellow Kettle upon three ffeet the handle with three Acorns hanging to it of silver guilt”.



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