An Indian Moghul leaf-shaped rock crystal gold and gem-set scent bottle, 17th Century.

The bottle is laid with gold scrollwork and set with rubies and emeralds. The inlaid metal and cabochon stones, in floral or leafy shapes are typically Mughal, height 7.7cm, width 4.5cm, depth 3.5cm.

The bottle appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift, which records an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703): ‘A Christall Indian Bottle like a Beane  Garnisht with Gold, Emrods and Rubies.’


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