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Chased Silver Rosewater Sprinkler
Kutch, India
circa 1850

height: 23.8cm, weight: 266g

This pleasing rosewater sprinkler is of solid, chased silver. It stands on a domed, ring foot; has an elegant, flattened spherical body; a baluster-form neck; and
a domed flower-shaped head topped by a solid-cast spherical finial. The head, which is perforated to allow perfumed water to be emitted, is embellished with
the addition of a solid-cast bird finial.

The body of the sprinkler is chased with floral and foliate scrollwork, and embellished with the addition of three solid cast peacocks. There is also a blank
armorial plaque.

See Dehejia (2008, p. 147) for a related example.

Rosewater was used in India as part of traditional wedding ceremonies. It was also offered to guests on arrival so that they might freshen themselves after a
journey. As Dehejia (2008) says, they were one of the few items that survived translation form the Indian courts to a European context, being admired for both
their form and function.

References:
Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4066 SOLD

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