An enamelled gold scent bottle case, circa 1630.

The hexagonal-shaped case, with hinged lid enclosing six numbered flasks, is enamelled blue with black comma and dot decoration on a white ground.

In the centre of the lid is the white rose of Lancaster, width 3.8cm.

The case is probably English.

It came to Burghley as part of a massive bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

The bequest is recorded in an inventory known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, which lists: ‘A Gold Box Enamel’d with blue with seaven Enamel’d Essence bottles in it.’

The seventh bottle is now missing.


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