A possibly very important Commemorative Gold Jug, beleived to be a gift given by the king of Siam to Napoleon III, 35cm high
Lot 370
An impressive repoussé gold Bottle South East Asia, probably Siam, 19th Century
Sold for £50,400 (US$ 80,657) inc. premium

Lot Details
A possibly very important Commemorative Gold Jug
An impressive repoussé gold Bottle
South East Asia, probably Siam, 19th Century
comprising gold sheet over a resin core, of lota form with squat body, splayed foot, tapering conical neck with stopper, the body with a wide frieze of stylised flowerheads, the shoulder and foot with flaming foliate bands, the stopper with three graduated tiers attached to the neck by a chain, with number of petal-shaped motifs inlaid with resin
30 cm. high; 578 g.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    Reputedly a gift by King Mongkut of Siam (1804-68) to Napoleon III (1808-1873).

    After two centuries of dispute and warfare between Siam and France, trade relations were established in the 1840s, and in 1856 a treaty was signed by King Mongkut of Siam and Napoleon III of France. However, peace was not to last and in the meanwhile the French had attacked Siam's neighbouring countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, eventually signing a new treaty again in 1867.
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