Unusually Finely Chased Silver Hand Mirror
length: 31.7cm, width: 14.5cm, weight: 658g
This unusually fine dresser mirror is not marked but the work is of the standard of Oomersi Mawji, the best known of the silversmiths operating in Kutch towards the end of the nineteenth century.
The reverse of the mirror is intricately chased and repoussed with scrolling grape vines amid which seven humming birds are perched. The sides of the frame are decorated with typical Kutch scrolling floral and foliage work.
The handle is splendid. It has been designed as a rococo twist with each panel being filled with Kutch scrollwork.
This is the best colonial Indian dresser mirror that we have seen. It is in excellent condition.
Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.Provenance:
UK art market
Inventory no.: 2886