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    Sale 2039

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu

    23 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 115

    A RARE INDIAN COLONIAL SILVER BUTTER COOLER

    MARK OF HAMILTON & COMPANY, CALCUTTA, CIRCA 1825

    Price Realised  

    A RARE INDIAN COLONIAL SILVER BUTTER COOLER
    MARK OF HAMILTON & COMPANY, CALCUTTA, CIRCA 1825
    Cylindrical, the sides and cover elaborately chased with friezes of hunters in pursuit of boar and antelope, with paired elephants and lions amidst stylized foliage, the handles and feet in Regency style, the cover with knop finial, the base and cover engraved with a crest, marked under base with maker's mark, elephant, urn, Roman A and crescent tally mark
    7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high; 35 oz. (1088 gr.)


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    The present covered pail shares structural qualities with several pieces recorded in Wynyard R. T. Wilkinson, Indian Colonial Silver, 1973. In particular, a butter bucket, by William Henry Twentyman, 1822-1854, features the tiered structure, vertical side handles, pointed dome cover and claw feet (p. 135, fig. A.174). A silver-gilt covered tureen, by Twentyman, Beck & Co., 1822-1826, is also tiered with a pointed dome cover, though its claw feet and acanthus handles are still more comparable to the present example, in their unmistakable reference to English Regency ornament (p. 155, fig. A.196).

    Among these butter coolers and butter pails, the ornament of the present example--the narrative scenes that cover this object in horizontal friezes--is uncommon. Indeed, Wynyard Wilkinson proposes that the chasing was possibly done in Poona or Cutch circa 1850-1870.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN COLLECTION