spode plates
PAIR INDIAN HUNTING PLATES
AS377
Culture, Origin: Spode, Staffordshire, England. c. 1809-1820
Material: earthenware
Dimensions: 21cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This pair of collectible blue and white dessert plates are transfer printed with the rare 'Common Wolf Trap' pattern from Spode's Indian Hunting series first produced in 1809. The source of this multi-scene service is the publication of monthly issues by Edward Orme of Bond Street, London, entitled 'Oriental Field Sports, Wild Sports of the East' written by Capt. Thomas Williamson and illustrated by Samuel Howitt. 'Common Wolf Trap' depicts four striped wolves attracted to a lamb or kid in a basket suspended from two bent bamboo poles, presumably attached to a net in the undergrowth. There is a castellated village and a round tower or temple in the background. The elaborated border, which is the common denominator for the series, shows exotic animals in a landscape including tiger, bear, boar and heron. The reverse of each has the printed titled, printed and impressed factory marks and numeral 4.
Price: £490 the pair
huqqa yak
HUQQA BASE
AS379
Culture, Origin: Baltistan or Ladakh, Upper Indus Valley, 19th Century.
Material: copper, brass.
Dimensions: 21cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes, Literature: This curiously-shaped huqqa derives its shape from the horns of yaks, creatures indigenous to the plateaux of Kashmir. It is thanks to a traveller's account by the Count and Countess de Ujfalvy published in 1883 that we have a description of the existence of such huqqas from Skardo in Baltistan, which were also produced in wood and steel. The overlaid designs vary but usually centre on floral motifs (see Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver & Bronze From Mughal India, London, 1997, pp.243-4, nos. 417 & 418). 
Price: POA
qalamdan
SCRIBE'S PEN CASE, qalamdan
AS99
Culture, Origin: Kashmir, India, early 20th Century
Material: Papier mache, tin.
Dimensions: 29.5 x 5.5 x 6cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £190
huqqa
PORTABLE HUQQA BASE
Culture, Origin: Northern India, 19th Century
Material: coconut, silver
Dimensions: 9cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £285
tarkashi box AS98
TARKASHI TABLE BOX
AS98
Culture, Origin: Mainpuri, Northern India, c.1880
Material: rosewood, copper and brass wire, bone
Dimensions: 37 x 29 x 14cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature/Notes: This fine box has ebonised moulded edges and feet, and is lined in velvet. The four sides and lid are beautifully inlaid allover in delicate brass and copper wire, and with four small roundels of sadeli work to the lid, the technique known as tarkashi which is particular to craftsmen in Mainpuri near Agra. Cf. Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London 2001, 305-7.
Price: £650
ewer
Culture, Origin: Tibet, early 20th Century
Material: silver gilt, turquoise, coral
Dimensions: 12cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £350
ghau
Culture, Origin: Nepal, c. early-mid 20th Century.
Material: silver, turquoise, coral
Dimensions: 13cm wide x 13.5cm high x 5.5cm deep
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £690
Annapurna AS96
ANNAPURNA
AS96
Culture, Origin: South India, 18th Century
Material: brass/bronze
Dimensions: 7cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This rarer South Indian version of Annapurna shows the goddess holding both a bowl and ladle, rather than just a ladle in both hands. Annapurna is the goddess of food and nourishment.
Price: £250
Rukhmini AS91
RUKHMINI
AS91
Culture, Origin: South India, 18th Century
Material: brass/bronze
Dimensions: 8.2cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: RukhmIni is the consort of Vithoba (AKA Vitthali etc) a popular Vishnu/Krishna avatar in the southern Deccan.
Price: £190
Durga AS28
DURGA
AS28
Culture, Origin: South India, 19th Century
Material: brass/bronze
Dimensions: 7.7cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The seated four armed deity holding trident, sword, bowl and chakra, seated on a circular pedestal.
Price: £250
krishna AS95
KRISHNA VENUGAPALA
Culture, Origin: Gujarat, India, 18th/early 19th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 6cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: A tiny and very charming folk bronze depicting Krishna as the flute-playing goatherd.
Price: £275
Nandi AS24
NANDI
Culture, Origin: South India, 18th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 5.2 X 6 X 4cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Nandi, the bull-calf, is the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. When depicted couchant, he represents the religious duty (dharma) of the devotee. In sanskrit, Nandi means "blissfulness" and refers to the emotion experienced but the devotee in the presence of Lord Shiva.
Price: £350
Lakshmi-Narayana AS23
LAKSHMI-NARAYANA
AS23
Culture, Origin: South India, 18th Century
Material: copper alloy
Dimensions: 12.5cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This group depicts Vishnu seated on a lotus base with Lakshmi in his left knee. She holds a lotus bud and wears a breast band. His four arms hold chakra (wheel), shanka (conch), utpala (closed lotus) and gada (club).
Price: £700
Vishnu AS26
VISHNU
Culture, Origin: South India, 18th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 11.4cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Vishnu is shown standing with his four arms holding chakra (wheel), shanka (conch), with his other hands in varada mudra (charity), katyavalambita. The worn features attest to its age and use.
Price: £300
yama
YAMA
Culture, Origin: Tibet, 19th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 13cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The dharamapala standing in alidhasana upon a figure representing ignorance, holding a flaying knife and scull cup, wearing skull crown, skull belt and apron, before a flaming mandala, on lotus base.
Price: £895
Shiva nataraja AS41
SHIVA NATARAJA
Culture, Origin: India, 19th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 39.5 x 33 x 16.5cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: This is the classic and popular depiction of Shiva as Lord of the Dance. He is framed within a flaming mandala, his hair contains the image of Ganga, he holds a drum (damaru), fire (agni) and the cobra in three of his four hands, and stands on the demon Apasmara.
Price: £950
Lakshmi-Nayarana AS22
LAKSHMI-NARAYANA
AS22
Culture, Origin: South India, 18/19th Century
Material: copper
Dimensions: 8cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The 4-armed figure of Vishnu holding chakra and conch, one hand in abhaya mudra, the other cradling Lakshmi on his left knee, seated on a rectangular base with the tiny figure of Garuda at the front.
Price: £290
Tirthankara AS38
TIRTHANKARA
Culture, Origin: Deccan, India, 20th Century
Material: bronze
Dimensions: 10.5 X 7.5 X 5cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The Jain saint holds his hands in dhyana mudra, seated in dhyana sana with on an dias with the figure of recumbent Nandi at the base, on an associated separate stand engraved to the base with an open lotus.
Price: £250
card case
CARD CASE
AS100
Culture, Origin: Vizagapatam, India c. 1870.
Material: sandalwood, ivory, horn.
Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.2cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature, Notes: Used for carrying calling cards, this one probably a gentleman's case, with chess board design in ivory and horn, within a scrolling foliate border picked out in black ink.
Price: £550
sadeli box
SADELI BOX
Culture, Origin: Bombay Presidency, India c. 1915.
Material: sandalwood, ivory, silver.
Dimensions: 16 x 11 6.5cm, miniature 8.6cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: Amin Jaffer, Furniture of British India and Ceylon, p. 274 for examples of miniature-mounted boxes. Decorative articles from Nagina and other carving centres were exported to Delhi where they were embellished with miniatures by local artisans. The miniature depicts famous landmarks (clockwise from the top) Qutab Minar, Delhi; Atmad Palace, Agra; Jama Masjid, Delhi; Humayan's Tomb, Delhi; Golden Temple, Amritsar; Sagdan Gang Tomb, Delhi; Red Fort, Delhi; Sinoara, Agra; (centre) Taj Mahal, Agra.
Price: £990
throne min
DELHI MINIATURE
AS5
Culture, Origin: Delhi, India c. 1865
Material: ebony, ivory, silver
Dimensions: 16 x 18cm, miniature 11.6cm Diam.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature, Notes: Amin Jaffer, Furniture of British India and Ceylon, p. 274 for examples of miniature-mounted boxes similar to this frame. Decorative articles from Nagina and other carving centres were exported to Delhi where they were embellished with miniatures by local artisans. This miniature depicts the Peacock throne in the Red Fort, Delhi.
Price: £650
temple min
Culture, Origin: Delhi, India c. 1865
Material ebony, ivory, plated copper
Dimensions: 6.7cm diam., 15 x 12.5cm overall
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature, Notes: Amin Jaffer, Furniture of British India and Ceylon, p. 274 for examples of miniature-mounted boxes similar to this frame. Decorative articles from Nagina and other carving centres were exported to Delhi where they were embellished with miniatures by local artisans. This miniature depicts the Sri Harmandir Sahib, or Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest gurdwara in Sikhism.
Price: £450
mosque min
DELHI MINIATURE
AS6
Culture, Origin: Delhi, India c. 1865
Material: ebony, ivory, silver
Dimensions: 12 x 9cm, miniature 4.8cm Diam.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature, Notes: Amin Jaffer, Furniture of British India and Ceylon, p. 274 for examples of miniature-mounted boxes similar to this frame. Decorative articles from Nagina and other carving centres were exported to Delhi where they were embellished with miniatures by local artisans. This miniature depicts the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) in Delhi.
Price: £350
tortoise
Culture, Origin: India, early 20th Century
Material: star tortoise carapace, ebony, fruitwood
Dimensions: 26cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £450

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