ANTIQUE 19thC INDIAN SOLID SILVER SWAMI TEA SET, P. ORR MANNER, MADRAS c.1880

ANTIQUE 19thC INDIAN SOLID SILVER SWAMI TEA SET, P. ORR MANNER, MADRAS c.1880

6,595.00

REFERENCE NUMBER: A4432

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DESCRIPTION

Antique 19th Century Indian Colonial Solid Silver three-piece tea set on tray, comprising of teapot, covered sugar bowl, cream jug and tray, each straight tapered body is profusely and beautifully repousse' decorated with a religious processions with men carrying idols, a typical scenes from the Meenakshi Amman temple in southern India, handles mounted with snake whisperers and finials depicting Shiva on an elephant.

Indian silver depicting deities and religious processions is inspired by the bas-reliefs on the famous temples in southern India and the style is called "Swami" (see Wilkinson). This style is typically from Madras and it closely reminds the work of the famous firm P. Orr & Son (the most important silversmith firm in Colonial South India, reputed to be the largest and best appointed establishment of the kind in India. The firm was founded in 1848 by Peter Orr, a watchmaker originally from Edinburgh. It became famous as P Orr & Sons in 1863. Maharaja Gaekwar of Baroda, Maharaja Holkar and Maharaja of Cohin commissioned impressive silver pieces presented to the Prince of Wales during his visit to India (1875-76). The firm is particularly known for its "swami silver", depicting Hindu deities. P Orr & Sons also produced impressive silver pieces in the Victorian style, please follow this link to Victoria & Albert Museum in London).

As often the case for Indian silver the set is unmarked, but acid tested shows a 900+ silver standard, it dates to 1880's, in style and guilty the set strongly suggests it may have been made by P. Orr & Sons. 

CONDITION

In Great Condition - no damage, just general wear.

TEAPOT

Height: 24cm

Width: 25 x 14cm

SUGAR BOWL

Height: 15cm

Width: 16 x 10cm

CREAM JUG

Height: 15cm

Width: 15 x 10cm

TRAY

Height: 7cm

Width: 63 x 38.5cm

 

TOTAL WEIGHT: 4820g