17 April 2000
A London delft blue and white dated sack-bottle
Of conventional globular form, with short neck and loop handle, inscribed SACK above 1653 and a calligraphic flourish (slight glaze cracks, minor bruise to shoulder to left of inscription and very slight chipping to top rim)
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high
F. Hodgkin, sale Sotheby's, 28 March 1950, lot 74.
W.C. Cheshire, sale Sotheby's, 28 March 1961, lot 64.
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Lipski and Archer, op. cit (1984), p. 333, no. 1457.
Introducing the first auction in a series of three offering the collection of Paul Destribats, the Paris-based bibliophile
A cheaper, quicker alternative to oil paint, pastel became the perfect medium for portraits of the middle class