LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE ‘WHIT’ WINE BOTTLE, DATED 1647.

Est. $1,200-$1,500
Sold: $3,240 ($2,700)

Of bulbous form, the handle flat on the inside, rounded on the exterior and ending in a V-shaped lower terminal, inscribed “WHIT 1647” above a zigzag flourish in underglaze-blue, the underside unglazed. Height 6 ⅛ inches.

Provenance: “The Collection of Thomas A. Gray,” Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, March 29, 2010, lot 109.

Literature: For a discussion and illustration of a nearly identical bottle of the same date, see Michael Archer, “Delftware: The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles,” p. 270, n. E. 9.

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