Crack to base of handle. Slight chip to footrim. No other faults.
Slight staining to the interior. No cover. No other faults.
Minor damage to brass fittings (missing pin to plate at front). Shallow surface crack to front door lower right. Top and back surface slightly warped (see photos). All drawers intact and joints firm.
Three hairlines as illustrated 9.5 cm., 9.0cm. and 8.0 cm. Slight rubbing on the jacket. No other faults.
The extent of detail and varied enamelling is attractive and unusual.
Chip at 7.00. Rubbing and small chip at 1-2.00. No other faults.
No damage. A couple of dribbles of enamel within footrim.
Short 1.0 cm. hairline to spout and a minute chip to the end of it. No other damage.
One with 1.2 cm. rim crack the other with two rim cracks 1.5 cm. and 2.0 cm. No other faults.
The lid is seriously damaged and in five sections...
No damage. One small area of indifferent diaperwork work on the side.
Polished. Most of the “jewels” (turquoise and coral) are now missing. A ring handle missing on both vases. 1) Ding to body of vase. 2) A number of small knocks around the circumference of the body...
Nibbles to the rim of the jug (see detail). Small chip to footrim. No other faults.
Two hairlines (5.0 and 3.5 cm.) at 3.00 and 4.00, the shorter with a slight associated chip. Rim chip at 1.00. The quality of enamelling is very fine and without losses. A monogram in the image is possibly that of the engraver. No other damage.
Break to rim and associated 4.0 cm. hairline with small enamel losses to the exterior at this point. There is an area of thickened glaze on the opposite side of the rim which is original and undamaged...
Shallow chip at 5.00. No other damage.
Polished. No damage.
These rare figures often show exaggerated elements (evident in the length of the matchlock and the attitude of the camel) which suggest a humorous intent. It is theorised they may be have been designed by a European hand following European prototypes, as they seem to fall outside the corpus of Indian art. There is an important set in the Ashmolean Museum dated 1795...