Oomersi Mawji Bhuj silver jug c. 1890
Lot 300
A fine repoussé silver Claret Jug by Oomersi Mawji Bhuj, circa 1890
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,698) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A fine repoussé silver Claret Jug by Oomersi Mawji
Bhuj, circa 1890
of globular form with a long slender neck, the hinged lid with finial in the form of an acorn with a set of leaves terminating in a tapering pouring spout, the curved handle in the form of a salamander, the body profusely chased and embossed with roundels comprising hunting scenes and quadrupeds in combat alternating with floral patterns, against a dense background of floral and foliate scrolls, within bands of acanthus leaves, similar scrolling decoration to neck and lid, the base stamped with maker's mark: O.M. BHUJ
25 cm. high; 820g.


  • Oomersi Mawji's decorative repertoire often included zoomorphic details, hunting scenes and wild animals amidst scrolling foliage, as illustrated in our flask. The workshop under his guidance raised the quality of Kutch silver to an art form. Mawji was appointed royal silversmith to the Maharao of Kutch and is considered the best silversmith of nineteenth-century India. For a detailed discussion on the work of Oomersi Mawji, see W. Wilkinson, Indian Silver 1858 - 1947, London 1999, pp. 69 - 70.
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