|Circa 1890, Madras, India|
This very fine silver coffee pot has a pleasing, slightly-tapering cylindrical body that is repoussed, chased and engraved with eight central panels of stylised Hindu gods on their mounts (vahana) between wide borders of more god-type figures amid vegetal and floral scrolls. The slightly domed, hinged lid is similarly decorated and surmounted by a solid silver cast figure of a seated god with four arms.
The dramatic handle is formed as an 'S'-shaped scroll engraved with a repeated jasmine-bud motif. The prominent spout is in the form of superbly-rendered yali head and tapering neck; the neck being very finely engraved with scale-like decoration.
The interior of the body and lid have been gilded.
Overall, this is an excellent example of colonial Indian silver-work.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Dimensions: height: 19.5cm, width: 23.5cm, weight: 756g|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Indian Antiques|
|The decoration remains crisp; there are no dents or repairs. The lid fits tightly, and the pot sits evenly. It is sculptural and has a good weight.|
References:Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.
|Provenance: UK art market|
|Price:||Item has been sold.|
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