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This very unusual colonial-era pair of silver candlesticks is from Kashmir.
Each comprises a domed base, a stem, a candle socket and a drip pan. Unusually, a cobra is entwined around each stem with its head peering into the drip pan. It is a whimsical assemblage and is unlike any pair of colonial Indian candlesticks that we have seen before.
The bases and upper sections are chased with fine scrolling flower and leaf motifs.
The pair is in excellent condition.
Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.
Wilkinson, W.R.T., Indian Silver 1858-1947, 1999.