ANTIQUE 19thC RARE INDIAN P ORR & SONS SOLID SILVER SWAMI BOWL, MADRAS c1880

ANTIQUE 19thC RARE INDIAN P ORR & SONS SOLID SILVER SWAMI BOWL, MADRAS c1880

995.00

REFERENCE NUMBER: A4193

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DESCRIPTION

Antique 19th Century rare Indian Colonial Solid Silver repousse bowl, beautifully chased and repousse' decorated depicting Hindu gods and goddesses. The chasing features an unusually heavy gauge and high-quality compared to the one generally found on swami silver from Madras. The bowl stands on realistically modeled lion feet and two leaf boarders.

Indian silver depicting deities and religious processions is inspired by the bas-reliefs on the famous temples in southern India and is called "Swami" (see Wilkinson).

The base is hallmarked with 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. Maharajah Gaekwar of Baroda, Maharajah Holkar and Maharajah 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 such as in this set. P Orr & Sons also produced impressive silver pieces in the Victorian style. Indian silver is often unmarked, but acid tested shows a 900+ silver standard, it dates to between 1870-80. 

CONDITION

In Great Condition - no damage.

BOWL

Height: 11cm

Width: 13cm

Weight: 343g