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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    A LARGE BOMBAY ENAMELLED TIN AND GLAZED POTTERY JAR

    BOMBAY SCHOOL OF ART, INDIA, CIRCA 1870-90

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    A LARGE BOMBAY ENAMELLED TIN AND GLAZED POTTERY JAR
    BOMBAY SCHOOL OF ART, INDIA, CIRCA 1870-90
    Of bulbous form with tapering neck issuing four elephant heads with curved trunks rising to wide flaring mouth, the dome-shaped lid with a depiction of Ganesh seated cross-legged, the sides with painted scenes of the Ramayana, the shoulder with two bands of devanagari, the neck with grotesque makara- type heads issuing pearls, the underside of the base signed with initials in devanagari, the underside of the lid marked shri
    38¼in. (97.2cm.) high


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    This impressive vase is topped with a figure of the elephant-headed god Ganesh and painted with scenes of rural life and epics recalling those found on Calcutta and Poona silverwares. With its green and brown pigments it brings to mind the Wonderland Art Pottery vase now kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum (IM.41-1917). This type of pottery production was made at the Bombay School of Art and was led by a company trading under the name of Wonderland Art Pottery under the artistic direction of George Wilkins Terry. The production flourished from the 1870s to the 1890s.