Of the rare group of delft wares made 1628-1636, painted with a continuous frieze in the 'bird-on-rock' pattern, and now attributed to Pickleherring Quay, Southwark, six wine-bottles dated 1628 are known: two in the Longridge Collection (the present bottle and the following lot), one formerly in the Rous Lench Collection (sold Christie's, London, 29/30 May 1990, lot 13), one from the collection of Harriet Carlton Goldweitz (sold Sotheby's, New York, 20 January 2006, lot 5), one now in the collection of the British Museum, and one now at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. A seventh virtually identical but undated bottle is in the collection of the Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee. The recurring date of 1628 is not accidental, as it was in this year that a Royal Grant of Monopoly was awarded to the pottery works of Christian Wilhelm at Pickelherring Quay, Southwark. The undated posset-pot offered as lot 31 and the named mug dated 1635 and offered as lot 32 in the present sale should be considered part of this same group.
For the details, see Connoisseur Magazine, August 1960 and February 1961; Frank Britton, London Delftware, London, 1987, p. 35.; Louis L. Lipski and Michael Archer, Dated English Delftware, London, 1984, pp. 706-708, nos. 1250-1253.