Our catalogue > Colonial Indian & Burmese Silver

Silver objects started to be made in significant quantities in India for the local colonial and European export markets from the late 18th century. The decoration became increasingly unmistakably Indian, even if the forms remained identifiably European, as the 19th century progressed. The main centres for this output were Bombay, Calcutta, Kutch, Kashmir and Madras. Sri Lanka was another source for South Asian silver.

Each item of colonial Indian silver shown here is for sale.

We also have a separate page for Mughal Silver - which tended to be made for the local, northern Indian market with form and decoration in keeping with the Islamic-Mughal aesthetic.

Each of our pieces here has been sourced from within the UK, typically from old, private collections, and Indian silver items from us are now to be found in museums around the world.

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9263

Colonial Trichinopoly Gilded Silver Snuff Box

Trichinopoly, South India
circa 1870

length: 10.5cm, width: 6.4cm, thickness: 3.3cm, weight: 282g

Provenance

Private collection of Julian Sands.

9549

Massive, Monumental Kashmir Silver Betel or Paan-style Centrepiece

Kashmir, Northern India
circa 1880

height: 41cm, diameter: 26.5cm, weight: approx. 6.5 kilograms

Sold

Provenance

private collection, UK.

9383

Indian Silver Model Ship

Northern India
circa 1950

height (without base): 15cm, length: approximately 16cm, depth: approximately 6cm, overal height (including base): 19cm, weight (of silver): 396g

Provenance

UK art market

9191

Fine, Madras Silver Makara Bracelet

Madras, South India
circa 1870

internal diameter (widest): 5.7cm, weight: 64g

Provenance

UK art market

8752

Pair of Kutch Indian Silver Cormorant Rosewater Sprinklers

Kutch, India
circa 1890

height: 29.5cm, width 7.8cm, combined weight: 574g

Provenance

UK art market

8745

Indian Khandoba’s or Aiyanar’s Horse in Silver

South India
17th-18th century

height: 13.2cm, length: 10.8cm, width: 4cm, weight: 148g

Provenance

UK art market

8748

Burmese Gilded Silver Bowl

Burma
circa 1910

height: 10.7cm, width: approximately 11.5cm, weight: 371g

Provenance

UK art market

8723

Indian Gold and White Sapphire Necklace

India, probably Uttar Pradesh
late 19th century

circumference: maximum 80cm, length of gold boxes: approximately 3.1cm, weight: 90g

Provenance

UK art market

8465

Large Indian Poona Silver Bowl

Poona, India
circa 1880

width: approximately 26cm, height: 15.5cm, weight: 1,310g

Provenance

UK art market

8639

Colonial Indian Silver Cup by Pittar & Co.

Calcutta, India
1831-1848

height: 11.5cm, width: 8.5cm, depth (including handle): 11.4cm, weight: 265g

Provenance

private collection, England

8485

Burmese Silver Model of a Stupa or Pagoda

Burma
late 19th century

height: 32.3cm, width: 18.1cm, weight (with stand): 1,184g, weight of silver: 270g

Provenance

UK art market

8972

Indo-Portuguese Bezoar Stone with Silver Mounts & Chain

India, probably Goa, & possibly Ottoman Turkey
circa 1700

overall length: 10.1cm, width of stone: 2.9cm, weight: 11g

Provenance

UK art market

7198

Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Silver Bezoar Stone Box

West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
circa 1700

height: 6cm, diameter: 4.5cm, weight: 45g

6905

North Indian Silver Rosewater Sprinkler

Northern India
19th century

height: 31.1cm, width: 8.8cm, depth: 7cm, weight: 249g

Provenance

UK art market

6846

Parsi Ritual Silver Ses or Sace Cone (Soparo)

Northern India
dated 1933

diameter: 17.3cm, height: 34.5cm, weight: 787g

Provenance

UK art market

5254

Colonial Indian Silver Mug

India, probably Calcutta
circa 1840

height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

Provenance

private collection, Channel Islands.

6582

Colonial Indian Silver Marrow Spoon or Scoop by Hamilton & Co.

Calcutta, India
circa 1820

length: 25.5g, weight: 76g

Provenance

UK art market

6139

Colonial Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

probably Colonial Sri Lanka
18th century

height: 12cm, diameter: 11cm weight: 167g

Provenance

UK art market

6015

Colonial Indian Silver Mug by Hamilton & Co.

Calcutta, India
circa 1850

height: 12.5cm, diameter of mouth: 8cm, weight: 242g

Provenance

UK art market

3099

Colonial Indian Chinese-Style Silver Tray

Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910

length: 38.8cm, width: 24cm, weight: 615g

Provenance

UK art market

2926

Indian Kutch Chased Silver Arabian-style Coffee Pot

Kutch, India
circa 1870

height: 22.8cm, weight: 641g

Provenance

from an important, private UK collection.

2929

Set of Eight Tea Cups & Saucers by J. Manikrai & Sons

Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910

diameter of each saucer: 13.2cm, height of teacup: 7.3cm; combined weight: 2,049g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

2927

Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1877

length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

2928

Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1874

length: 25.3cm, weight: 215g

Provenance

private collection, UK

6389

Rare, Indo-Portuguese Ceremonial Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Basket

Indo-Portuguese Goa, India
second half of the 17th century

height: 10.2cm, diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 136g

Provenance

previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand

2212

The Calcutta Memento Cup by Dass & Dutt

Calcutta, India
circa 1870

height: 44cm, weight: 1,464g

Provenance

UK art market

2222

Indian Three-Piece Silver Tea Set in the Form of Ducks

India
circa 1890

length of teapot: 21.5cm, height: 16.5cm, weight of teapot: 646g, weight (combined): 1,244g

Provenance

UK art market

6454

Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Box Decorated with Bherunda Motifs

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1890

length: 21.2cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 8.5cm, weight: 530g

Provenance

UK art market

1843

Colonial Indian Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.

Calcutta, India
1843-1855

length: 19cm, weight: 254g

Provenance

UK art market

1714

Rare Colonial Indian Carved Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts

Bombay, India
19th century

length: 86cm, width of head: 14.8cm

Provenance

UK art market

1711

Indian Parsee (Parsi) Engraved Silver Tray

Parsee Community, Bombay, India
circa 1900

length: 22.7cm, width: 12.8cm, weight: 227g

Provenance

UK art market

2214

Regimental Indian Silver Table Lighter by Hamilton & Co.

33rd Duke of Wellington Regiment, India
dated 1873

height: 13cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 392g

Provenance

UK art market

4240

Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription

India
18th-19th century

length: 11.9cm, height: 6cm, width: 8.5cm, weight: 332g

Provenance

UK art market

5135

Four Parsi Zoroastrian Ritual Objects in High-Grade Silver

Parsi (Parsee) People, Bombay, India
19th century

height of sprinkler: 24cm, diameter of incense tray: 7.2cm, combined weight of silver: 258g

Provenance

from a Parsi family, originally from Bombay, and now based in northern England.

4245

Dutch Colonial Chased, Oblong Silver Box

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
18th century

length: 14.3cm, width: 7.8cm, height: 3.8cm, weight: 228g

Provenance

UK art market