Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Collection of 19th century bird-shaped silver gilt rosewater sprinkles

$ 5,750
  • Description
    Collection of 19th century bird-shaped silver gilt rosewater sprinkles
    Continental, 19th Century
    Largest: Height 11.5cm, width 15.5cm, depth 6.5cm
    Smallest: Height 10.5cm, width 27cm, depth 6cm
    Crafted in the late 19th century, this collection consists of three bird-shaped rosewater sprinkles. Traditionally, pieces like these were used in Iran during the festival of Ab Pashan in memory of rainfall which would end the ongoing famine. This custom later spread to India where due to its cooling and refreshing properties, rosewater was sprinkled on guests.
    All models are of a similar design but of various sizes. Their bulbous bodies are entirely covered with engraved feathers as well as other cast anatomical features such as eyes and beaks. The prominent tails are very eye-catching and add to the real-life appearance of the models.
    Each model’s head lifts off to reveal a pierced opening from which rosewater can be sprinkled. One of the models is missing the pierced cover. A ‘K’ marking can be found on the birds.
    Of an unusual and charming design, this collection is a very desirable addition to one’s interior.
  • More Information
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Silver, silver-gilt.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 10156
    Incollect Reference #: 728711
  • Dimensions
    W. 15.5 in; H. 11.5 in; D. 6.5 in;
    W. 39.37 cm; H. 29.21 cm; D. 16.51 cm;
Message from Seller:

Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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