Indian Kutch Silver Claret Jug
This tall, surprisingly-heavy claret jug of solid silver is finely chased all over with Islamic-inspired scrolling leaf and flower patterns against a finely tooled
background that is typical of colonial Kutch silver work of the second half of the nineteenth century.
The ewer is of narrow, baluster form and stands on a wide, flared, domed foot. The stem that rises from the foot is surmounted by a delicate foliate fringe or
The neck rises to an undulating mouth covered with a hinged, domed lid that is by a solid-cast silver model of a caparisoned elephant. The solid-cast handle is
of leafy, rococo form and chased with Kutch floral scrollwork.
The ewer has no obvious maker's marks. It is in excellent condition. It is heavy in the hand, and sits in a stable fashion.
Overall, this is an impressive and showy example of colonial Indian Kutch silver work. It is in excellent condition and sits firmly and evenly.
Weight: 959 gramms
Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.
Wilkinson, W.R.T., Indian Silver 1858-1947, 1999.
Besitzer: The Claret Jug Collector