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Parcel-Gilt Silver Rosewater Sprinkler for the Indian Market with original Pine Box
height: 33cm; weight: 234g
This fine, elegant rosewater sprinkler is surmounted by a peacock through which the rosewater is emitted. It has a long, thin stem finely chased with an
acanthus leaf border. The globular body is chased with four pairs of humming birds amid flowers and foliage between rococo-style borders. The flared foot is
chased with Daoist symbols and the flowers of the four seasons. The peacock and elements of the humming bird and flower designs have gilt or gold
The base is stamped on either side of a hand-cut nut and screw with a Chinese ideogram and the maker's mark comprising the letters 'C.L.'
The sprinkler comes with its original fitted pinewood box.
Sprinklers such as this example were made in southern China and Shanghai often for the Islamic export markets of northern India and Southeast Asia. Proof
that this example was made for export to India comes from a handwritten card found inside the box which reads: 'To Major P. Hamill RAN CTJ With the best
wishes of a grateful patient, Bombay July 29 1918'.
Overall, this is a fine example of Chinese export silver with an interesting story and provenance.
Provenance: UK art market
References: Forbes, H.A.C. et al, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, Museum of the American China Trade, 1975; Kernan, J.D., The Chait Collection of
Chinese Export Silver, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, 1985; Marlowe, A.J., Chinese Export Silver, John Sparks, 1990; & Chan, DPL, Chinese Export Silver: The
Chan Collection, published in conjunction with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.
Inventory no.: 1155 SOLD
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