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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE DATED ARMORIAL WINE-BOTTLE

    1649

    Price Realised  

    A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE DATED ARMORIAL WINE-BOTTLE
    1649
    Of globular form with loop handle, painted with the arms of the Grocers' Company surrounded by stylised foliage mantling and the initials WEM and date 1649 beneath flourishes, restoration to handle, neck and about the handle at reverse, chipping to rim
    7 7/8 in. (19.9 cm.) high


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    For another bottle with the same initials and date in the Castle Museum, Norwich, see Lipski and Archer, ibid., no. 1370. The initials are allegedly those of Edward Woodyard, grocer of Norwich, however there other possibilities in the Company records including Edward Woobridge, listed as a Freeman in 1648 and an Edward Wood who married a Mary Leversham in 1623.
    A polychrome example with the same arms and dated 1652 was in the Harland Collection, Sotheby's London, 11th February 1931, lot 75.

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    Provenance

    John Eliot Hodgkin, 1891.
    Rous Lench, sold Christie's London, 29th May 1990, lot 14.
    Acquired from Alistar Sampson, London, 31st May 1990.


    Literature

    John Elliot Hodgkin and Edith Hodgkin, Early English Pottery (London, 1891), p. 74 no. 266.
    Louis L. Lipski and Michael Archer, Dated English Delftware (London, 1984), no. 1370A.