Superb Chased Silver Teapot in the Bukhara Style
height: 26.5cm, weight: 812g
This beautiful silver ewer is in the style of a Bukharan tea pot, although the work is clearly of Kashmir origin – the teapot is chased all over with the Kashmiri ‘rosette’ pattern within floral and paisley borders. The rosette pattern is based on the flowers and foliage of the coriander plant.
The teapot has a tear-shaped flared body that is decorated with tear-shaped cartouches to either side. It sits on a wide, flared foot. The spout is prominent and continues down the base. The lid has a bud finial, matched by a bud-like protuberance that rises and curls down from the handle.
The solid cast handle is in the form of a highly-stylised rooster (lower part) and
makhara (upper part); the stylisation allowing the silversmith to conform with Islamic notions that mitigate against the overt depiction of animal and human forms.
Overall, this is an immensely satisfying piece. The proportions are excellent, the work is particularly fine and the item has surprising weight in the hand. There are no repairs, dents or any other problems. The lid fits tightly and the teapot sits solidly and perfectly flatly.
Watt, G., Indian Art at Delhi 1903, Being the Official Catalogue of the Delhi Exhibition, 1902-1903, Superintendent of Government Printing, India, 1903.
Inventory no.: 796
The flowers & leaves of the coriander plant on which the motifs for this piece partly are derived.