An Italian, perhaps Milanese, rock crystal bowl, circa 1600.

A shaped ovoid bowl with auricular handles carved with leafy scrolls, two flaws masked by birds.

Rock crystal is a transparent variety of the mineral quartz, valued for its clarity and lack of colour or flaws. Vessels and spheres have been carved from large crystals since ancient times. In this example, two small faults in the crystal have been cleverly masked by birds in the carving

1690 Devonshire Schedule: “A wrought ribd  Christall Cup with two Eares”.

Length 10.5cm.

 

REFERENCE: EWA08511

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