Jonathan Horne, A Collection of Early English Pottery, Part XV, Cat. no. 416
Miniature objects in English Delftware are rare survivals and few are recorded in the literature. The 'Chinaman in Grasses' motif would suggest a production date at the end of the 17th century. A blue and white miniature mug painted with pagodas was in the Longridge Collection, sold, Christie's South Kensington, November 3, 2011, lot 275. A small mug, 7cm high, painted in blue and manganese, attributed to Lambeth, is illustrated by Anthony Ray, English Delftware Pottery in theRobert Hall Warren Collection, London, 1968, pl. 91, no. 187.
There is a curving hairline crack to rim to the right of the handle, measuring approximately 2.5cm long. There are two shallow chips to the foot rim, and some typical glaze loss to both rims. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.