An Exceptional Pair Of 16-Bore Over-And-Under Gold-Inlaid Flintlock Pistols Made For The Maharaja Of
Lot 542
An Exceptional Pair Of 16-Bore Over-And-Under Gold-Inlaid Flintlock Pistols Made For The Maharaja Of Tanjore
Sold for £50,190 (US$ 83,280) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An Exceptional Pair Of 16-Bore Over-And-Under Gold-Inlaid Flintlock Pistols Made For The Maharaja Of Tanjore
By Joseph Manton Of London, Nos. 9117 And 9118, Circa 1822

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's London, Antique Arms, Armour, Vintage Firearms and Modern Sporting Guns, 14th April 1971, lot 131

    Literature:
    W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, The Mantons: Gunmakers, 1966, p. 274
    W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, The Manton Supplement, 1978, p. 259
    D.H.L. Back, The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, p. 123

    The inscription on the barrels reads in translation: 'His Highness Shree Fogee Maharaja of Tanjore [Theyretrep Nigalee, a small kingdom in the south of India, possibly Tamil Nadu] ruled 1745'

    The Maharaja of Tanjore is known to have commissioned items from London and a statue of him by Flaxman survives in Tanjore. The date is the equivalent of 1822 or 1823
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