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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8752

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    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

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      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

      8840

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        Sri Lankan Silver Box Shaped as the King of Kandy’s Crown

        Kandy, Sri Lanka
        early 20th century

        width: 13.5cm, height: 9.7cm, weight: 284g

        Provenance

        from the collection of Sir Christopher Ondaatje, UK.

        8748

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          Burmese Gilded Silver Bowl

          Burma
          circa 1910

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

          Provenance

          UK art market

          8723

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            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

            8588

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              Burmese Silver Bowl with Mahajanaka Jataka Scenes

              Burma (Myanmar)
              early 20th century

              width: approximately 17.5cm, height: 10cm, weight: 608g

              Provenance

              UK art market

              8465

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                Large Indian Poona Silver Bowl

                Poona, India
                circa 1880

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

                Provenance

                UK art market

                8717

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                  Fine & Intricate Burmese Silver Bowl

                  Burma (Myanmar)
                  circa 1870

                  width: approximately 18.5cm, height: approximately 10cm, weight: 476g

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                  UK art market

                  8639

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                    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

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                      Burmese Silver Model of a Stupa

                      Burma
                      late 19th century

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

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                      UK art market

                      6997

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                        Unusual Kashmir Silver Cobra Candlesticks

                        Kashmir, India
                        circa 1880

                        width: 7cm, height: 18.1cm, combined weight: 354g

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6576

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                          Fine, Burmese Repoussed Silver Bowl

                          Burma
                          circa 1890

                          width: approximately 23cm, height: approximately 14.5cm, weight: 1,153g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          7198

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                            Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Silver Bezoar Stone Box

                            West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
                            circa 1700

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

                            7034

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                              Large Repousse & Enamelled Silver Shiva Mask

                              Maharashtra or Karnataka, India
                              18th-19th century

                              height: 43cm, width: 19.5cm, weight: 1,009g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, UK.

                              6905

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                                North Indian Silver Rosewater Sprinkler

                                Northern India
                                19th century

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

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                6846

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                                  Parsi Ritual Silver Ses or Sace Cone (Soparo)

                                  Northern India
                                  dated 1933

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

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                                  UK art market

                                  6996

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                                    Kashmir Tall Silver Flask

                                    Colonial Silver Kashmir Indian Flask
                                    circa 1870

                                    diameter: approximately 14cm, height: 30.2cm, weight: 518g

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                                    UK art market

                                    6728

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                                      Historically Important Colonial Silver Standing Cup Relating to the British Conquest of Java, 1811, Inscribed & Dated

                                      colonial silversmith either in India, probably Calcutta, or Batavia, East Indies.
                                      circa 1810

                                      height: approximately 55cm, width: 38.5cm, depth: 26cm, weight: 5,550g

                                      Provenance

                                      private collection, UK; previously sold at Sotheby's London, 1991.

                                      5254

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                                        Colonial Indian Silver Mug

                                        India, probably Calcutta
                                        circa 1840

                                        height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

                                        Provenance

                                        private collection, Channel Islands.

                                        6724

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                                          Unusual Indian Silver Fish Rosewater Sprinkler

                                          Northern India
                                          19th century

                                          length: approximately 23cm, height: 16.7cm, depth: 6.7cm, weight: 492g

                                          Provenance

                                          private collection, UK.

                                          6582

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

                                            Calcutta, India
                                            circa 1820

                                            length: 25.5g, weight: 76g

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            6577

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                                              Fine, Burmese Silver Bowl with Scenes from the Vessantara Jataka

                                              Burma (Myanmar)
                                              circa 1880

                                              diameter: 18cm, weight: 595g

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                                              UK art market

                                              6461

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                                                Colonial Indian Fine, Engraved Silver Goblet

                                                Lucknow, India
                                                circa 1880

                                                diameter: 7.1cm, height: 14.9cm, weight: 204g

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                                                UK art market

                                                6139

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                                                  Colonial Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

                                                  probably Colonial Sri Lanka
                                                  18th century

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

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                                                  UK art market

                                                  6015

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                                                    Colonial Indian Silver Mug by Hamilton & Co.

                                                    Calcutta, India
                                                    circa 1850

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

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                                                    UK art market

                                                    6056

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                                                      Indian Silver Column Lamp with Hamsa Finial Presented & Inscribed to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

                                                      India
                                                      20th century

                                                      height: 43cm, diameter of base: 14.3cm, weight: 522g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      Given to Mr Barry Williams, police bodyguard to Prime Minister Thatcher by Dennis Thatcher, the Prime Minister's husband.

                                                      5867

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                                                        Kashmiri Kashkul-form Chased Silver Bowl, Inscribed & dated ‘Gulmarg, 1902’

                                                        Kashmir, India
                                                        dated 1902

                                                        length: 28.6cm, height: 17.8cm, width: 14.3cm, weight: 520g

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                                                        UK art market

                                                        6118

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                                                          Burmese Repoussed & Engraved Silver Octagonal Dish

                                                          Burma
                                                          circa 1910

                                                          diameter: 18cm, weight: 290g

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                                                          UK art market

                                                          6014

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                                                            Small Chased & Repoussed Burmese Silver Bowl

                                                            Burma
                                                            late 19th century

                                                            height: 8cm, diameter: 8.3cm, weight: 140g

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, England

                                                            2025

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                                                              Superb Three-Piece Indian Silver Tea Set

                                                              Kutch or Karachi, India
                                                              circa 1900

                                                              height of teapot: 16.3cm, width of teapot: 22cm, weight of teapot: 684g, combined weight: 1,613g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              UK art market

                                                              3656

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                                                                Pair of Indian Heron-Shaped Silver Rosewater Sprinklers

                                                                India
                                                                circa 1900

                                                                heights: 22.5cm, combined weights: 523g

                                                                Provenance

                                                                UK art market

                                                                3099

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                                                                  Colonial Indian Chinese-Style Silver Tray

                                                                  Karachi, India/Pakistan
                                                                  circa 1910

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

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market

                                                                  2926

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                                                                    Indian Kutch Chased Silver Arabian Dallah-style Coffee Pot

                                                                    Kutch, India
                                                                    circa 1870

                                                                    height: 22.8cm, weight: 641g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    from an important, private UK collection.

                                                                    2931

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                                                                      Colonial Indian Trichinopoly Silver 24-Piece Cutlery Set

                                                                      Trichinopoly, South India & London
                                                                      circa 1870

                                                                      length of knife: 22cm, length of fork: 18cm, typical weight of one fork: 63g, typical weight of one knife: 73g, length of box: 31.5cm, width of box: 26.4cm, thickness of box: 7.7cm

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      private UK collection

                                                                      2929

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                                                                        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

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                                                                          Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

                                                                          Kutch, India
                                                                          dated 1877

                                                                          length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          private collection, UK.

                                                                          2928

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                                                                            Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

                                                                            Kutch, India
                                                                            dated 1874

                                                                            length: 25.3cm, weight: 215g

                                                                            Provenance

                                                                            private collection, UK

                                                                            6389

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                                                                              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

                                                                              6286

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                                                                                Chased & Repoussed Burmese Silver Bowl

                                                                                Burma (Myanmar)
                                                                                circa 1880

                                                                                diameter: 15cm, height: 9.4cm, weight: 343g

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                2212

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                                                                                  The Calcutta Memento Cup by Dass & Dutt

                                                                                  Calcutta, India
                                                                                  circa 1870

                                                                                  height: 44cm, weight: 1,464g

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                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                  2222

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                                                                                    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

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                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                    6454

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                                                                                      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

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                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                      1843

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                                                                                        Colonial Indian Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.

                                                                                        Calcutta, India
                                                                                        1843-1855

                                                                                        length: 19cm, weight: 254g

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                                                                                        UK art market

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                                                                                          Rare Colonial Indian Carved Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts

                                                                                          Bombay, India
                                                                                          19th century

                                                                                          length: 86cm, width of head: 14.8cm

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                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                          1711

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                                                                                            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

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                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription

                                                                                                India
                                                                                                18th-19th century

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

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                                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                                5135

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                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  5136

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                                                                                                    Parsi Large, Inscribed, High-Grade Silver Zoroastrian Ritual Ses Tray

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

                                                                                                    diameter: 35.3cm, weight: 956g

                                                                                                    Provenance

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

                                                                                                    4245

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                                                                                                      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