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A LONDON DELFT ROYAL PORTRAIT WINE-BOTTLE
A LONDON DELFT ROYAL PORTRAIT WINE-BOTTLE

CIRCA 1660, PROBABLY SOUTHWARK

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A LONDON DELFT ROYAL PORTRAIT WINE-BOTTLE
CIRCA 1660, PROBABLY SOUTHWARK
Painted in blue and yellow with a three-quarter length portrait of Charles II, holding a baton and wearing armor, a crown above his head, flanked by the inscription ChARLS THE 2D·
6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 22 December 1959, lot 64.
Thomas Burn, Rous Lench Court; Christie's, London, 29-30 May 1990, lot 17.
Literature
Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Catalogue, Vol. II, D225.

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The present bottle is virtually identical to and, certainly, from the same workshop as a bottle in the Victoria and Albert Museum said to have been excavated in the vicarage garden in the village of Brackley, Northamptonshire. Both depict the newly crowned monarch without a moustache and holding a baton and are the only recorded examples of their type.

See Michael Archer, Delftware, A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum , London, 1997, p. 271, no. E.12 where the two bottles are discussed along with three related porringers - one in the Detroit Institute of Arts dated 1660 and with a portrait similar to those on the bottles, the King holding a sword; another at Colonial Williamsburg dated 1662, the King typically depicted in ermine robes; and a third formerly in the collection of Francis Berry, painted with a couple, initialed 'T.R.' and dated 1662 - the dates on the porringers firmly placing the manufacture of the bottles at shortly after Charles II's accession to the throne in 1660.

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