An Italian gold, enamel and gem-set mounted standing bowl, probably Milanese, late 16th Century.

The oval bowl gadrooned, together with the urn-shaped stem and domed foot, the enamel mounts decorated with strapwork and arabesques in white, black, red and blue, the whole enriched with pearls and table-cut diamonds and rubies in collets, the mounts to the bowl and stem in Moghul style, the foot of European origin.

This ornate standing bowl was intended as much for decoration as for use, but may have featured on a wealthy lady’s dressing table.

1690 Devonshire Schedule: “An Agat wrought Cupp and Cover upon a high ffoot sett with Diamonds, Rubies and pearles”. The cover is now missing.

Height 8.9cm, width 5cm, depth 4cm.


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