A blue and white ovoid jar and cover, Chinese, circa 1640-50.

The jar is painted in underglaze blue with fan and leaf-shaped panels.

Each panel encloses vases containing lotus, fern and other foliage with archaic vessels and scrolls.

The panels are set on a cracked ice ground decorated in reverse technique with lotus meander.

The neck is encircled by a collar of pointed leaves.

The drum shaped cover also with lotus on a cracked ice ground, height 31cm.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory listing an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703), records under ‘Large plain China….A small blue and white Jarr eleven inches high with a hollow fflatt cover.’


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