London, South Kensington
21 October 2016
AN OPENWORK SILVER-GILT SPICE TRAY (PANDAN)
NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
The tray's engraved decoration consisting of radiating leaf motifs between gilt registers, the bulbous openwork lid with floral motifs within medallions interspersed with floral sprays, the finial worked as an inverted flower head with a baluster knop
5.½in. (14cm.) high
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