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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 350

    A SILVER TEA POT IN THE FORM OF A FRANCOLIN

    BY OOMERSI MAWJI, KUTCH, NORTH-WEST INDIA, CIRCA 1880

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    A SILVER TEA POT IN THE FORM OF A FRANCOLIN
    BY OOMERSI MAWJI, KUTCH, NORTH-WEST INDIA, CIRCA 1880
    The top of the head opening to reveal spout, small ivory joins to handle
    9in. (22cm.) high


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    Animals in motion, either fighting, hunting or in flight amidst dense silver repousse scrolling foliage background were favourite patterns for the Kutch silversmiths and especially to Oomersi Mawji, as can be seen in the recovered and published sketches from the Oomersi workshops now in a private collection (Vidya Dehejia, Delight in Design, Indian Silver for the Raj, New Delhi 2008, pp. 38-47). This tea pot would have belonged to a realistically rendered set comprising other figures in various poses. Such tea sets also appear to have been produced by Oomersee Mawjee Jr. in Baroda.
    For another tea set shaped as quails, see Vidya Dehejia, op. cit., p.93, ill. 23.
    Three similar sets in the shape of birds by Oomersi Mawji sold at Bonham's London, 24 April 2012, lot 220, Bonham's New York, 18 March 2013, lot 61 and at Christie’s South Kensington, 12 June 2014, lot 234.

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