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19th Century Indian Cutch Solid Silver Condiment Set, Oomersi Mawji, circa 1890

$4,226.55per set

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Antique late 19th century Indian solid silver repousse three-piece condiment set, comprising of a lidded mustard pot with spoon, salt and pepper shakers, each piece is profusely and beautifully repousse' decorated with scrolling foliage and flowers on a tooled ground, depicting various exotic birds. Hallmarked O,M Bhuj, (Oomersi Mawji), tested silver (900+ standard) Oomersi Mawji is undoubtedly the most celebrated Indian silversmith of all times. The inventiveness and the spotless quality of his works had no rivals in Kutch and his pieces are still sought after worldwide. Oomersi Mawji was born in Gujarat. Son of a cobbler, he started his career specializing in leather engravings. Soon after 1858 he became a silversmith and his fame rose very quickly: in 1860s he was already court silversmith to the Maharaos of Kutch and the Maharajas of Baroda, two of the most important Indian royal courts. "Working the silver with ingenious skill and patience, Oomersi Mawji and his sons raised the quality of decoration on Cutch silver to an art form" (Wynyard R. T. Wilkinson, Indian Silver 1858 - 1947: Silver from the Indian Sub-continent and Burma Made by Local Craftsmen in Western Forms, London, 1999, p. 69). The firm’s very high quality silver pieces, often featuring witty and amusing details, became soon very much appreciated overseas, selling through the two branches of Calcutta and Bombay. In 1878 Oomersi Mawji and his sons participated to the Exposition Universelle in Paris. Their fame grew worldwide and their artworks became very expensive. In London, the brand was retailed by Liberty & Co. and Proctor & Co. When the father died, circa 1890, his sons took over the business, which definitely ceased activity around 1930. Artworks manufactured by Oomersi Mawji are nowadays part of the collections of international museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Measures: Mustard pot Height 8cm Width 9 x 7cm Salt and pepper shaker Height 10cm Width 4cm Combined weight: 270g.

Details

  • Creator
    Oomersi Mawji (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.15 in. (8 cm)Width: 3.55 in. (9 cm)Depth: 2.76 in. (7 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - No Damage.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A65101stDibs: LU1348221613742

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