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Enamelled Silver Hookah Vase
Lucknow, India
18th century

height: 19.4cm, weight: 450g

This fine hookah (or huqqa) base is of thick, high-grade, solid silver. It has an elongated drop shape. It sits on a low ring foot and tapers as it rises from a
globular base. A thin, raised ring is about its neck after which the base flares slightly to a widened mouth.

The polychrome enamelled decoration includes three main roundels decorated with Mughal-esque blooms including irises and stylised poppies, as well as
peacocks and other birds. The decoration is non-repetitive and includes birds in a variety of poses.

Click
here to see a related example sold at Christie's London (lot 257, October 6, 2009), although smaller and with more enamel loss.

The example here is in fine condition. There is age-related enamel loss, but overall, the item is well proportioned and beautifully decorated.

References:
Zebrowski, M.,
Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

Provenance: Scottish art market

Inventory no.: 3601 SOLD