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Lot Description and Estimate Images Sold For
249

A GANGAJUMNA LOTA
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, South India, early 19th century

copper with brass inlay, with incised stylised floral decoration

16.2cm high

Provenance
Private collection, Yorkshire

Estimate: 300-400

    
250

A PUJA POT AND SMALL SPITOON(?)
Tanjore and Kerala, 19th century

the 'swamy' work puja pot of brass with copper applique, of octagonal form, the sides with images of avatars of Vishnu in low relief, the spitoon of turned circular form, with faceted sides and overhanging rim

7cm high and smaller (2)

Provenance
Private collection, Yorkshire

Estimate: 200-300

    
251

TWO GANGAJUMNA POTS
Deccan, Southern India, 19th century

brass with copper inlay, each of rounded form, the sides with incised and inlaid strip designs

9, 8.2cm high (2)

Provenance
Private collection, Yorkshire

Estimate: 150-250

50
252

THREE PUJA STANDS
India, 18th/19th century

brass, in the form of miniature tables, the larger with openwork raised edge

4.5 x 13 x 11cm and smaller (3)

Provenance
Private collection, Yorkshire

Estimate: 60-80

45
253

FOUR BRONZE BOXES
India, 18th-19th centuries

comprising a rectangular jewellery casket, and three cylindrical limepots

15.5 x 15.5 x 15cm and smaller (4)

Provenance
From the collection of the late Sandy Morton
Estimate: 200-300

    
254

A BRONZE LOTA
Kerala, 18th/19th century

bulbous body and ridged sides, scrolling spout, standing on flared foot

18cm high

Estimate: 100-150

    
255

A LUCKNOW ENAMEL HUQQA COVER
Eastern India, circa 1800

in two sections, silver-gilt, of bulbous form, with incised openwork and polychrome enamel decoration depicting hunting scenes in a forest setting, the domed pierced lid with hamsa finial

13cm high

The enamel work of Lucknow, with its multiplicity of colours and combination with incised and gilded silver is one of the most admired later Mughal luxury crafts. For another section of a huqqa, and a complete ensemble, see Stephen Markel and Tushara Bindu Gude (ed.), The Art of Courtly Lucknow. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2010, p. 208 & 209

Estimate: 1000-1500

    
256

A SILVER-GILT BAZUBAND
Northern India, 18th century

the central octagonal medallion opening as an amulet box, flanked by two hinged bud elements

10cm long, mounted on stand

Provenance
Private collection, Japan
Millner Manolatos, London 2009
Private collection, Scotland


Estimate: 200-300

200
257

A MUGHAL BRASS EWER
Probably Lahore, Punjab, India (now Pakistan), 18th century

Of pear shaped form, on four bracket feet, with stylised layered foliate design in low relief, the incised detail inlaid with zinc(?) and black lac, the scrolling handle with bud finial, the straight spout with chevron design

25cm high

For a related ewer, see Mark Zebrowski, 'Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India', no.228
Estimate: 300-500

    
258

A STEEL FLINTSTRIKER
Deccan, Southern India, 18th century

the ends in the form of makara heads, linked with elephant head

14cm long
Estimate: 300-400

    
259

A SILVER BETEL BOX
Malaysia, late 19th century

In the form of a pumpkin, the lobed sides decorated with alternating panels of leaf and lozenge designs

20.5cm high
Estimate: 200-300

150
260

A BRASS SPOUTED WATER POT (lota)
Deccan, Southern India, 18th century

The bulbous ribbed body on rim foot, the waisted neck with overhanging rim, ithyphallic spout

16.5cm high

The phallic form of the spout indicates this vessel's ritual use in the cult of Siva
Estimate: 200-300

    
261

AN INCISED COPPER BOWL
Deccan, India, 17th century

Of squat form, with bulbous body and waisted neck and overhanging rim, the neck with a band of islamic calligraphy, the body with arabesque decoration and dedicatory cartouche(?)

11.7cm high; 27.5cm wide
Estimate: 400-600

    
262

A BIDRI SALVER
Deccan, Southern India, early 19th century

Alloy, inlaid with silver, the decoration comprising a central floral medallion, surrounded by a radiating floral trellis, the cavetto with stylised acanthus

19.3cm diam
Estimate: 150-250

    
263

A BRASS TURBAN BOX
Northern India, circa 1800

Of broad tapered circular form, the hinged domed lid with lotiform central medallion, the exterior profusely decorated with animals, figures and birds amidst scrolling foliage

18cm high; 29cm diam

For an earlier turban box with similar decoration, see Mark Zebrowski, 'Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, pls.484a-e
Estimate: 150-250

    
264

AN IRON AXE-HEAD (zaghnal)
India, circa 17th century

steel, of blade of tapering curved form, a pair of adorsed lions at the base and elephant on the pean, a square slot for shaft attachment

25.5cm long

For an almost identical complete zaghnal, see George Cameron Stone, A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour in All Countries and in All Times, Portland, ME, 1934, fig.874-4
Estimate: 800-1200

    
265

A DECCANI KATAR
Southern India, 17th century

with tapered steel blade, the hilt in the form of a double bar with twin crosspieces, the openwork bars and blade attachment plates decorated with Vaisnavite avatars, traces of gilding and silvering on hilt, later red velvet scabbard

43cm long


Estimate: 2000-3000

    
266

A BRONZE MIRROR
Western India, late 19th century

in the form of an openwork architectural facade, with mirrored central opening surmounted by a cusped arch, flanked by jali windows, inscribed in devanagari at the bottom: Nand Kishore Devi Ke Charano Me
("Nand Ksihore has donated this to the Devi's temple")

51.5 x 43.5cm
Estimate: 800-1200

    
267

A COPPER REPOUSSE VOTIVE PLAQUE
Himachal Pradesh, northern India, 19th century

In the form of a columnar niche with cusped arch, depicting a sivalingam on yoni base, a figure of Nandi in front, flanked by devotees, a row of further devotees below, mounted on stand

8 x 5.7cm
Estimate: 80-120

11
268

A LARGE PAIR OF BETEL CUTTERS
Northern India, late 19th century

brass, with iron cutter blade, in the form of a man and stylised woman(?) in sexual congress, the sides with incised designs, the man with beard, and hair tied in a bun

25.5cm high

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 60-80

    
269

A PAIR OF BRASS CHILD'S SANDALS (paduka)
Probably Western India, 18th/19th century

on raised bracket supports, each with single lotiform toe grip, traces of incised stylised foliate decoration

9cm high; 17cm long (2)

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 150-250

    
270

A DECCANI BRONZE OIL LAMP
Southern India, circa 16th century

in the form of a bird, small spout below its chest, a hinged wick holder below its feet, with incised stylised feathers, a suspension chain attached by loop on its upper neck

45cm high (including chain); 25cm long

Provenance
Private collection, London

The tradition of zoomorphic vessels from Islamic India, most commonly lamps or acquamaniles in the form of birds, derives from Middle Eastern objects, the earliest examples dating from Abbasid Mesopotamia. For the early prototypes and examples from India, see Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, London 1997, p.96ff
Estimate: 300-500

320
271

A LARGE LINGAM COVER
Western Deccan, Probably Maharashtra, 19th century

cast brass, in the form of a domed head of Siva, wearing cobra earrings, amulet pendant and neat turban, his face with scrolling moustache, a third eye on his forehead

28cm high

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 1200-1500

1150
272

A BIDRI TRAY
Deccan, Southern India, circa 1800
alloy inlaid with silver, of elongated octagonal form, with raised rim, decorated with a reticulated lotus design, around a central arabesque and lotus medallion

29.5 x 22 x 1.5cm

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 800-1200

    
273

SIX INLAID METAL PLATES
India, 19th century
comprising a koftgari plate, iron with gold and silver damascene decoration, foliated rim; three Lucknow bidri plates, alloy inlaid with silver, with fish and flower motifs in relief; and two Deccani bidri dishes, with geometrical, foliate and bird designs

19.5cm diam. and smaller (6)

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 400-600

    
274

A BRONZE AND STEEL DAGGER
Deccan, Southern India, 18th century

the hilt in the form of a parakeet

23cm long

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 250-350

    
275

A MUGHAL BRONZE EWER
Northern India, circa 18th century

of pear-shaped form, with scrolling handle and semi-faceted strait spout, hinged domed lid, standing on four shallow bracket feet, the sides with vestigial incised decoration, an inscription in Bengali(?) on one side

28.5cm high

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 200-300

    
276

AN OIL LAMP AND A SMALL POT
Kerala; Lahore, 19th; 17th century

the lamp of turned brass, in two sections with bayonet attachment, the upper part inscribed in malayalam; the pot of bulbous form with zinc inlaid arabesque decoration on the sides

31cm; 6.6cm (3)
Estimate: 200-300

150
277

TWO LURISTAN BRONZE BRACELETS
Persia, 8th/7th century BC

The larger of flattened circular section with ridge decoration around the edges, the other of open circular form, with incised chevron designs

12cm, 11cm diam. (2)
Estimate: 150-200

100
278

FIVE METAL BIRDS AND FISH
India and Persia, 19th century

comprising two Qajar steel birds, an Indian brass hamsa, an Indian brass crow on circular base, and an Indian brass powder flask in the form of a fish

16cm long and smaller (5)
Estimate: 200-300

240
279

A LUCKNOW ENAMEL HUQQA COVER
Eastern India, late 18th century

silver-gilt enamel, of bulbous form, with incised openwork and polychrome enamel decoration depicting animals amidst dense vegetation, the domed lid with peacock finial, six crescent-shaped similarly decorated pendant ornaments with bells attached with chains to the neck

15.5cm high (excluding chain and pendants)

Provenance
Property of a Lady, London

The enamel work of Lucknow, with its multiplicity of colours and combination with incised and gilded silver is one of the most admired later Mughal luxury crafts. For another section of a huqqa, and a complete ensemble, see Stephen Markel and Tushara Bindu Gude (ed.), The Art of Courtly Lucknow. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2010, p. 208 & 209
Estimate: 1200-1500

    
280

TWO BRONZE OFFICIAL'S SEALS
Mughal India, dated 1240(?)/AD 1824-5; 1177/AD1763-4

Each of conical form, the earlier with faceted sides, each with loop attachment at the tip, the stamp plate reverse inscribed in nastaliq script

4cm, 4.5cm high (2)

The inscriptions read: 'mohr-e niyabat-e karim al-din khadem-e shar' qadi al-mu'tasim bi-fadl allah al-matin 1177 sana 4'; "The seal of deputyship of Karim al-Din, servant of the law, the judge who holds steadfast onto the strong favour of God, 1177 (regnal) year 4". The other reads 'mohr-e niyabat-e salah al-din khadim al-shar' qadi' al-mu'tasim bi-habl allah al-matin 1240 (?)'; "The seal of deputyship of Salah al-Din, servant of the law, the judge who holds steadfast onto the strong rope of God 1240 (?)".
Estimate: 150-200

    
281

A SET OF GILT HORSE DECORATIONS
Central Asia, circa 13th century

Each with repousse design in relief, two in the form of a rosette, three in the form of quatrefoil floral medallions, one in the form of a palmette, two in the form of crescents, the remaining twelve of butterfly shape, display box

3.1cm diam and smaller (18)

Provenance: From a private collection formed in the 1950s, inherited by the vendor in 1986
Estimate: 800-1200

    
282

A SILVER HINDU SHRINE
Deccan, Southern India, late 19th century

in the form of a lotus flower, with eight hinged petals each with a repousse deity, including Vishnu, Brahma and Indra, inscribed in Telugu, arranged around a central yoni set on an inscribed yantra

25.5cm max diam.

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 120-150

    
283

A BRASS PALANQUIN FINIAL
Probably Deccan, Southern India, 19th century

brass, in the form of a makara head, with scrolling trunk, large fangs and projecting tusks, the cylindrical body separately cast with ridged and stylised leaf decoration

38cm long

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 600-800

    
284

A BRASS ALAM
Probably Deccan, Southern India, 19th century
of typical form, with pierced and incised decoration, the base with socket for pole

72cm long

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 120-150

    
285

AN ARMENIAN BRASS SCRIBE'S BOX (QALAMDAN)
Eastern Anatolia, 19th century

the long rectangular pen compartment with hinged lid, surmounted by a crown finial, the waisted inkpot, with hinged opening in the form of a scallop, with incised leaf decoration and line of armenian script running along the top

25cm long

Provenance
Private collection, London
Estimate: 120-150

    
286

A TURQUOISE GLAZED TILE
Persia, 13th/14th century

glazed fritware, of rectangular form, a line of applique relief Arabic lettering

28 x 33cm

The inscription is part of Surat al-Ikhlas (Qur'an 112), verses 3 -4

[lam] yalid wa lam yu[lad]
'[He neither] begets nor is born'

Provenance
Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt
Estimate: 1500-2000

900
287

TURQUOISE GLAZED TILE
Persia, 13th/14th century

glazed fritware, of trapezoidal form, applique relief Arabic lettering

27 x 25 x 2.5cm max. dimensions

The inscription is part of Surat al-Ikhlas (Qur'an 112), verses 3 -4

wa lam [yakun lahu kufuwann ahad]

' Nor is [there to Him any equivalent].'

Provenance
Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt

Estimate: 700-900

    
288

A GROUP OF DIYABAKIR BORDER TILES
Ottoman Anatolia, late 16th century

polychrome underglaze painted fritware, the design forming a repeated pattern of interlinked split palmettes held by 'Italian clasps' and interwoven with arabesques, each with ropework and plain turquoise edging, framed as a panel

29.5 x 101cm (together), individual tiles various lengths, 14.5cm high

There are tiles of the same design in the Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent (311P52) and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia A9636-19
Estimate: 1200-1500

    
289

TWO QAJAR TILE PANELS
Persia, mid-19th century

Polychrome-glazed cuerda seca terracotta, framed in two groups of twelve, each depicting a vertical row of classical cartouches containing portraits of young princes and princesses, on yellow ground filled with rose motifs

116 x 29cm (each panel excluding frame) (2)
Estimate: 3000-4000

    
290

TWO IZNIK BORDER TILES
Ottoman Turkey, mid-17th century

Underglaze painted fritware, each with scrolling floer and saz leaf design, with red and turquoise details on cobalt ground

12.8 x 25.5cm; 12.8 x 24.5cm
Estimate: 500-700

    
291

A QAJAR CUERDA SECA TILE PANEL
Persia, 19th century

Polychrome glazed earthenware, the eight tiles framed as a group depicting Sagittarius within a cartouche, surrounded by floral motifs

31.5 x 65cm panel excluding frame
Estimate: 1500-2500

    
292

A QAJAR POLYCHROME GLAZED TILE
Persia, mid-19th century

Of square form, depicting a bird pecking at a rose, next to an ornamental urn, twin projecting attachments and a positioning mark on the reverse

19cm square approx
Estimate: 250-350

    
293

A PANEL OF SIXTEEN TILES
Tunisia, 18th century

Glazed terracotta, decorated with repeated medallion and floral lozenge design, framed

34 cm approx square (together)

For four tiles from the same group in a private collection in Paris, see Alain and Dalila Loviconi: 'Faiences de Tunisie', Aix en Provence 1994, p.124 (lower right)
Estimate: 300-500

    
294

TWO 'DOME OF THE ROCK' TILES
Ottoman Syria, mid-16th century

blue and white glazed fritware, each with central diagonally positioned split palmette surrounded by scrolling floral motifs

19.5cm square approx. each (2)

The design of these tiles has Timurid origins, and was first seen on the Ottoman era restorations of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, which was undertaken by Persian craftsmen. They probably moved on to Syria when their work was complete, as is suggested by the number of buildings in Aleppo with tiles of this design.
Estimate: 700-900

500
295

A MONUMENTAL MULTAN VASE
Punjab, India (now Pakistan), circa 1880

earthenware, blue and turquoise painted on white ground, in the form of a classical amphora, with floral and acanthus designs, twin scrolling handles

90cm high
Estimate: 250-350

160
296

A CANAKKALE EWER
Ottoman Anatolia, 19th century

brown glazed earthenware, of bulbous form, with typical zoomorphic spout and dual twisted handle, the body with applique stylised floral decoration, the surface of the glaze painted with tulip motifs

37cm high
Estimate: 200-300

    
297

A QAJAR BLUE AND WHITE JAR
Persia, 19th century

underglaze blue painted fritware, on white ground with black outlines, depicting two pairs of men taking refreshments in a garden setting, surrounded by lush plants, animals and birds, stylised floral register on shoulder and lower body

33.5cm high
Estimate: 200-300

200
298

A QAJAR POLYCHROME VASE
Persia, late 19th century

underglaze painted fritware, on white ground, outlined in black, the sides decorated with birds perched on floral stems

29cm high
Estimate: 100-150

80
 
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