|Circa 1880, Kashmir, India|
This very fine four-piece tea set is of solid silver with horn mounts. The set is unusual for its faceted sides which catch the light in a particularly stunning way.
The set has been engraved all over with typically Kashmiri decoration, being chased with what is known as the Islamic-inspired 'shawl pattern'. This pattern has then been infilled with the coriander motif that is based on the fine leaves and flowers of the coriander plant.
Each piece has a body of flattened oval form and sits on a long ring foot. The tea and coffee pots both have hinged lids with oval finials carved from solid horn. Both also have horn insulators in the handles.
The creamer and sugar bow match in style and decoration but there are slight differences between them: the handles and ring foot of the sugar bowl are engraved but those of the creamer have been left plain. It is clear however that the four pieces are a set and have always been treated as such.
|The set is in fine condition. There are no splits, dents of repairs.|
References:Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.
|Provenance: Private collection, UK|
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121 Mount Vernon, Boston, MA 02108 USA
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