This pleasing vase, or more probably spittoon, is of solid silver and dates to the 1920s Java in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia today). It was most probably made for a peranakan (localised Javanese-Chinese) client.
It sits on a low, plain, flat foot. The squat, spherical body has been chased in relief with three sprays of different flowers against a finely tooled background. The shoulder has a row of stylised cloud-petal motifs and an engraved key-fret border.
The neck is engraved with foliate scrolling.
The wide rim is finely engraved with more sprays of leaves against a tooled background.
There are no maker’s marks. The vessel shows clear Chinese influence and almost certainly was made in central Java by a localised Chinese silversmith making items for local clients.
The vase is in excellent condition.
Kal, P.W.H., Yogya Silver: Renewal of a Javanese Handicraft, KIT Publishers, 2005.