Parcel-gilt Chased Silver Ewer
This small, elegant silver ewer is features the ‘coriander flower’ pattern occasionally employed in 19th century silverwork from Lucknow, combined with rococo elements. The coriander pattern is shown in a wide band, between tow bands of grapes and grape vines, on the globular body of the ewer, and on the stem.
The lid has been cast with a bunch of grapes and grave leaves; the handle with rococo styling on the upper half and with am entwined snake on the lower half. (Wilkinson (1999: 126) describes the grape pattern as the “earliest recognisable pattern employed on silver made in Lucknow…”
The collar of the ewer has been chased with a border of acanthas leaves.
Parcel gilding is evident throughout, most particularly to the arabesque flourishes interspersed across the neck and body, to the lid and to the handle.
for a ewer and a cup that employ similar motifs, see Wilkinson, W.R.T., Indian SIlver 1858-1947, 1999, p. 133-4.
Inventory no.: 659
The flowers & leaves of the coriander plant on which the motifs for this piece partly are derived.