An extremely rare Charles I Delft bottle circa 1643-45

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Lot 187
An extremely rare Charles I Delft bottle circa 1643-45

Sold for £ 52,580 (US$ 64,992) inc. premium
An extremely rare Charles I Delft bottle
circa 1643-45
of globular shape, the short tapering neck with two neck rings, applied with an arched handle with pointed lower terminal, decorated with a powdered manganese ground, the rim and interior white-glazed, the body reserved with the carefully delineated crown over the royal monogram CR for Carolus Rex, in shades of blue, 19.5cm (minor wear and losses to glaze),

Footnotes

  • For a white sack bottle decorated with a similar crown in blue, inscribed 'Sack' and dated 1643, see Lipski and Archer, Dated English Delftware, no. 1279, p. 313. A manganese ground bottle of similar type, decorated with arms within a cartouche, was sold in the Rous Lench Collection, Christie's, 30th May, 1990, lot 28. Another white bottle, dated 1644, with a similarly painted royal monogram, was sold in these rooms, 11th September, 1991, lot 365. It is now in the Longridge Collection, see Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, D222, p. 248. A group of items with a plain manganese ground is illustrated by Frank Britton, London Delftware, nos. 66-68, p. 121. A bottle of similar type to the present lot is no. 68. All are thought to have been made in Southwark, London, in the mid-17th century. This bottle is a rare survivor of the tumultuous Civil War period in Britain which culminated in the beheading of the Charles I in 1749. By 1742, the hostility of the Parliament had forced the king to withdraw to York, re-establishing his new capitol in Oxford in October of the same year. By 1643 the king had come to an agreement with Parliament, however by 1645 his forces were forced to surrender after the decisive battle of Naseby.
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