Fine, Double-Skinned, Pierced Silver Beaker
height: 12.8cm, diameter: 8.3cm, weight: 245g
This unusually tall beaker is of solid silver. The sides are double-skinned with the outer layer being pierced to reveal parts of the layer beneath. It is decorated with inter-locking leafy arabesques interspersed with quatrefoil cartouches, three of which are infilled with figures from Thai lore and the fourth being left plain for an inscription.
The beaker shows some age-related wear but is otherwise in excellent condition.
The base is stamped with a retailer’s name which is indistinct, but probably is one of the Western retailers set up in the first part of the twentieth century to retail silver and related items to the public, or is the anglicised rendering of a Thai-Chinese maker or retailer’s name.
Naengnoi Punjabhan, Silverware in Thailand, Rerngrom Publishing, 1991.Provenance:
UK art market
Inventory no.: 3445
The mark to the base.