This is a colonial Indian silver cup from Kutch of unusual quality – the photographs do not sufficiently convey its superior quality. Of baluster form, with an everted lip and a curved ‘S’-shaped handle, it is finely chased in unusually high relief with Islamic-inspired scrolling flower and foliage motifs against a finely tooled background. The top and bottom of the body have repeated leaf borders.
The cup does not have a maker’s mark but it is of the finest quality. It is also in essentially perfect condition.
Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.