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.