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A PAIR OF ENAMELLED SILVER-GILT AND FILIGREE SPRINKLERS MADE FOR THE MIDDLE EASTERN MARKET
A PAIR OF ENAMELLED SILVER-GILT AND FILIGREE SPRINKLERS MADE FOR THE MIDDLE EASTERN MARKET

CANTON, CHINA, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF ENAMELLED SILVER-GILT AND FILIGREE SPRINKLERS MADE FOR THE MIDDLE EASTERN MARKET
CANTON, CHINA, LATE 18TH CENTURY
Each with spherical body on short domed foot, a flattened rounded element between, the elongated spout slightly bulbous at the base then flaring toward the mouth, the silver-gilt body cased with silver filigree with dense scrolls motifs, with applied enamelled floral sprays, a long floral spray wound around the spout, with lotus petals bordering each part of the body
Each 10 5/8in. (27cm.) high (2)

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These rosewater sprinklers, made in imitation of an Indian form were probably created for the Indian market. A very similar pair, in the Clive Collection at Powis Castle, was bought from India by Henrietta Herbert, Lady Clive and an inscription on their companion saucers states that they were found in 'the sleeping apartment of Tipu Sultan on 4 May 1799' (Mildred Archer, Christopher Rowell and Robert Skelton, Treasures from India. The Clive Collection at Powis Castle, London, 1987, pp.114 and 127, no.187). A similar pair of Cantonese rosewater sprinklers were recently sold at Sotheby's, 7 October 2009, lot 118.

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