LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE ‘SACK’ WINE BOTTLE, DATED 1650.Est. $1,200-$1,500
Sold: $4,800 ($4,000)
Of bulbous form, the handle flat on the inside, rounded on the exterior and ending in a V-shaped lower terminal, inscribed “SACK 1650” above a zigzag flourish in underglaze-blue, the underside unglazed. Height 5 ⅞ inches.
Provenance: Mark & Marjorie Allen, New Hampton, New Hampshire; “The Collection of Thomas A. Gray,” Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, March 29, 2010, lot 111.
Literature: For a discussion and illustrations of similar bottles, see Michael Archer, “Delftware: The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles,” p. 269, nos. E. 6-7.