LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE ‘CLARET’ WINE BOTTLE, DATED 1662.Est. $1,200-$1,500
Sold: $6,000 ($5,000)
Of bulbous form, the handle flat on the inside and exterior and ending in a V-shaped lower terminal, inscribed “CLARET 1662” above a zigzag flourish in underglaze-blue, the underside unglazed. Height 7 ⅜ inches.
Provenance: “The Collection of Thomas A. Gray,” Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, March 29, 2010, lot 110.
Literature: For a discussion and illustration of a similar bottle, see Michael Archer, “Delftware: The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles,” p. 270, n. E. 10.