Similar heart-shaped vases with stylised dolphin handles are known in a number of collections, some examples marked LVE for Lambertus van Eenhoorn, the De Metale proprietor from 1691-1721.
Some damage is to be expected in Dutch tinglazed earthenwares of this date: it is perhaps as early as 1690. The £100-150 estimate at the May 20 auction at Bamfords (21% buyer’s premium) of Derby attracted multiple bidders and it was knocked down to a buyer on thesaleroom.com at £4200.
Dated and inscribed wares are among the most desirable of all 17th century English delftwares.
This 7in (18cm) dated London delft bottle for Claret pictured above is dated 1642, the year of the opening salvos of the English Civil War. It has a paper label for the Robert Hall Warren Collection – source of much of the English delft in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the subject of a 1968 reference book – and was consigned from the estate of his descendants Christopher and Rosemary Warren.
It had an estimate of £1500-2500 at the Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) sale on May 19. The hammer price was £4800.