A rare and impressive silver-and brass-inlaid alloy bidri basin Deccan, Second half of the 17th century

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 150
A rare and impressive silver-and brass-inlaid alloy bidri basin
Deccan, Second half of the 17th century

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 26,000
A rare and impressive silver-and brass-inlaid alloy bidri basin
Deccan, Second half of the 17th century
of deep octagonal form, with everted concave sides, the interior decorated in silver inlay with a repeat design of floral sprays, the interstices with chinese-style cloud motifs, the well with a roundel enclosing a flowerhead to centre, with borders of stylised vegetal motifs, the exterior decorated with brass inlay with a repeat design of boteh motifs, with arcade design above and scrolling border below
36 cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Property of a Lady

    The octagonal form of this dish is extremely unusual in Bidriware and very few other examples of octagonal pieces are known from the 17th Century. The octagonal shape was occasionally used for pan boxes and trays; an early bidri pan box in the Metropolitan Museum (accession no. 1996.3a, b) bears a shape reminiscent of Sultanate architecture, with stylised Persianate decoration typical of the Deccan in the early 17th Century. The octagonal form and flaring sides of the present lot are comparable with an early 18th Century enamelled stand sold at Christie's, Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day Sale, New York, 21st March 2019, lot 1106.

    Whilst the combination of silver and brass inlay was used up until the mid-18th Century, the ornamentation of the present lot indicates a 17th century date of production. In the second half of the 17th Century the ornamentation of the Deccan became increasingly Mughal in appearance following increased Mughal presence in the region. Floral sprays were a primary element of design at the Mughal court and the naturalistic, yet orderly, appearance of the flowers follow on from the style of floral decoration which was pervasive in the era of Shah Jahan's rule. Similar poppies are depicted on a late 17th Century floorspread from the Deccan, now in the Metropolitan Museum (accession no. 1982.239a). Equally, the highly naturalistic curved leaves on the underside can be compared with those on a huqqa base dating to the 17th century (see Mark Zebrowski, Gold, silver and bronze from Mughal India, London, 1997, p.233, fig. 382). Chinese-style clouds are occasionally found on other high quality 17th Century pieces (see Zebrowski, ibid., p.378, figs. 378 and 500.), but it is rare to see groups depicted as in the well of this dish, indicating the creativity and skill of the craftsman responsible for the present lot.
Contacts
A rare and impressive silver-and brass-inlaid alloy bidri basin Deccan, Second half of the 17th century
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.