All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1131969
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This antique tinned copper tray has traditional engraved bird motif surrounding a Homa bird symbol (Iran Air logo).

It measures about 16 inches in diameter.

It has a shield with an Arabic inscription at the top and (in English)IRAN AIR in a shield at the bottom of the circular field.

Iran AIR was established in 1946.

This tray probably dates circa 1946-64. The possibility exists that the tray is actually older and the Iran Air markings were added later.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a small dent in the field. it is small and relatively insignificant with all of the detail of the engraved patterns.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #547041
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This silver Turkoman or Kazak fibula (breastplate) measures approximately nine inches from top to bottom. The diamond shape measures about five inches side to side or 4 1/2 inches when measured straight across as a square. It is about 1/4 inch or 6-7 mm in thickness. It appears to be solid rather than hollow. It has a black linen pad hand stitched to the reverse , which helps to document that it was actually a family heirloom, rather than merely having been produced to sell to tourists. It dates from the latter part of the 19th century and is in excellent condition. It is inset with carnelian, jade and black onyx or jet cabachons. It is covered on the front with gilding and triangular silver shapes covered with silver dots. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be about .900 silver or better. Many silversmiths melted old silver coins to obtain their silver for making jewelry. Most coins were about .900 silver in quality.

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This antique Persian Silver vase measures 7 inches tall (17 cm) by 5 1/2 inches in diameter (14.5 cm).

It dates circa 1700-1850 or earlier.

It is finely engraved with alternating medallions of bird in an ornate floral landscape and medallions of symmetrical calligraphy. Between the medallions are additional engraved floral wreaths

There are three silver hallmarks on the base. The usual standard of Persian silver is .84 or 84/100 pure silver.

Condition is excellent except for a small bung (see enlargement). Overall, this is an outstanding work of art and much nicer than my poor photos would indicate. Any color changes in the photos are from the flash and not on the vase itself.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #582712
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This small nephrite jade carving of a child measures approximately 2 3/4 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches in width by 1 1/2 inches in depth ( 70 mm x 45 mm x 35mm)

It has colors ranging from a deep greenish gray celadon color to a pale off white stained down to a pale speckled yellow gray by oxidation ( on the rear/ backside).

The Mogul emperors (1526-1857)were patrons and connoisseurs of the arts. The Rajput maharajas, who spent time at the Moghul court after their subjugation, were influenced by the wealth they saw and commissioned additional decorative arts for their courts, The courts of the Moguls had workshops attached to them called karkhanas. The most skilled craftsmen were employed there and they were mostly local workers. Craftsmen were valued so highly that when Timor massacred the inhabitants of Delhi in 1398, he spared the Indian craftsmen and recruited large numbers into his service. The local artisans employed in the karkhanas were either converts to Islam or were former slaves. Moghul-trained Muslim artists also entered into the service of the Rajput courts. The number of foreign craftsmen who came to India was fairly small. Many of the foreigners who were employed in the royal workshops were highly skilled craftsmen who usually acted as the guide and teacher of their local counterparts. The materials from which objects were made as well as the level of sophistication and ornamentation were important indicators of the wealth and standing of those who commissioned them. Thus, objects made of jade and gold were usually produced for the Moghul court. Imperial items were also generally more ornate and spectacular than those made for the other Indian courts. The finest articles produced by the royal workshops were usually given away as gifts or were used for ceremonial purposes.

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This miniature Indian bronze figure of Shiva (siva) measures 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 2 inches in depth.

It dates circa 1780-1870.

It is a very high quality casting with intricate detail, which is unusual for such a small bronze figure.

It is in outstanding condition. There is a cylinder mount on the reverse where it may have originally had a fire surround back piece attached .

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #630202
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This outstanding silver beaker measures 4 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter at the lip of the cup.

It is in excellent condition. It shows a few small repairs around the rim but they are extremely minor and to be expected on a piece of this age with so much hand detailing on it. It is covered overall with chiseled or engraved design motifs. There are eight panels with repeating leaf and floral designs.

Although we are labeling this as an Asian silver beaker, the style of the designs used leads us to believe that this could just as easily be a very old European beaker.

There are no hallmarks or country of origin marks on this wonderful old beaker.

We are dating this old silver beaker to the 18-19th Century, but it may actually be older. It is, of course guaranteed to be silver ( between .800-.950 in purity).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #688026
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This miniature Indian bronze figure of Siva (Shiva) measures 4 3/4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/4 inches in depth. A smaller figure of his consort Parvati is seated on his knee.

It dates circa 1780-1900.

It is a very heavy bronze casting with fine detail: unusual for such a small bronze figure.

It is in outstanding condition. There is a small cylinder mount on the back of the head where it may have originally had a fire surround back piece attached .

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1920 item #787396
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This engraved silver box measures 3 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches by one inch in depth.

The top of the box has a finely chiseled and engraved Babylonian court scene with the king and his court with winged animals.

The sides are covered with engraved and repeating leaf and pattern motifs within shields.

It dates from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

It was probably produced by a Mesopotamian (Iran or Iraq) silversmith whose mark is on the inside bottom of the box along with what appears to be a standard silver mark of the period (see enlarged photo). Most Persian silver is about .84 or 84/100 silver.

It weighs about 330 grams.

It is in excellent condition except for a tiny flaw in the silver which shows up as a speck or dot on the front top rim and as a tiny (4mm) crescent shaped scar or scratch on the corresponding point on the inside of the lid. It is insignificant, but mentioned for full disclosure. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1800 item #1206291
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This fine bronze ewer or kettle (aftaba) dates to the 18th Century in Mughal India.

It is of typical form and good weight. It measures: height: 26cm, width: 24cm.

It has a prominent faceted spout along with its original lid with a bud-like finial, an 'S' shaped handle which has a stylized lion head at one end and a lotus bud finial at the other. It stands on four short feet.

The flattened, globular pear shaped body tapers to a long neck. The body has been cast with raised cloud or foliage borders to the top and bottom, The design work on the body is of better quality than usually seen. The body, lid and spout have been engraved overall with repeated stylized vegetable or poppy motifs. The lid has similar patterns.

Ewers of this type originated in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow - notations in the Koran described flowing water as 'clean'.

Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Later Indian inspired designs became more curvaceous and many were decorated  with lush plant and floral motifs.

In India, local Muslims used such vessels for hand washing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form.

This example is in excellent condition. There are no repairs, splits or dents. as mentioned, the lid is original – usually the lid is missing or replaced.

A slightly larger (39.4 cm tall) sold at Sotheby's on October 5, 2011 for 6250 British pounds( $9784.00 in US dollars) (lot 265) . It had much less surface detailing. ( )

Provenance: The southern California art market prior to 1980.

Reference: Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.