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Brass & Copper Candle Snuffer
Persia/Iran or India
18th century

length: 20.5cm, height: 6cm

This unusual and elegant item is a candle snuffer composed of brass and copper. It's most notable feature is its superb patina and almost lustrous colouring
from age and handling.

It is in the form of a very long beaked bird. The tail forms the handle of the shears. The beak, which is of copper, holds a large fish, and it is this fish with its
flattened head which does the actual snuffing.

The snuffer is either from Persia (Iran) or northern India. The form of the fish is similar to that used in Lucknow as part of the arms and other motifs associated
with the royal house of Oudh (Awadh). The fish in Islam is symbolic of eternal life. And with a bird, the two can be seen to be symbolic of life and fertility.

Overall, this is an excellent item with the most wonderful colouring and surface. It is in perfection condition.

References:
Markel, S.
et al, India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow, LACMA/DelMonico Books, 2010.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4237 SOLD