The metal base, here copper, was first engraved with special tools to create the design in relief, the grooves were later filled with glass and then embellished with additional engraving and shiny gilding. This technique is called in India "meena" or "meenakari" and was first applied by the Mughal. Condition: some wear to gilding, a tiny rim dent, slightly bent. Dimension: diameter: 24.5 cm, weight: 532 g. Without wooden stand.
Lap desk with carved wood panels depicting lions, dogs, elephants and birds among tendrils. Framed by Sadeli micro mosaic, bone and ebony banding. Fitted interior with several compartments made of sandalwood and lined with red velvet or green fabric. Functioning lock with key. Condition: all knobs replaced, missing banding and Sadeli mosaic. Carved panels chipped. Dimension: closed: 32.2 cm wide x 24.2 cm deep, 8.5 cm high, weight: over 2 kg.
The large silver cups made for the export with loop scrolling handle. The exterior decorated with Paisley pattern and the inside gilt. Without mark. Condition: few traces of usage, some rubbing to gilding. Dimension: diameter: 8.3 cm, 6.6 cm high, weight: 270 g.
Assorted group of Japanese black lacquer tea bowls and saucers for the export. Each decorated in gold with different designs. Four saucers, six small cups and one larger bowl. Condition: rims with little lacquer loss, one bowl with foot rim chip. Dimension: saucers: 11.2 cm diameter. Bowls: 5.9 cm and 6.6 cm diameter. Without wooden stands.
Beautifully carved and pierced ivory brushpot with a continuous scene of figures within buildings and garden landscape, all upon a pierced circular fret ground. Bolted bottom. Condition: some losses to the fret ground, few minute chips. Bottom with cracks, sometimes a little bit loose, few glue residue. Dimension: 10.7 cm, weight: 150 g. CITES documents are obtained if required.
Bamboo carving of Fukurokuju, one of the seven lucky gods, his name meaning wisdom, luck and longevity. Depicted as an old hermit with elongated forehead carrying his staff with tied scroll of sacred teachings. Bottom signed. Condition: fine. Dimension: 16.6 cm high.
A book cover made for a Qur'an, the originating country being North African or in the Middle East. A coarse weave is embroidered with red in counted stitch and with metal wrapped thread. The back with padded embroidery. The inside with very soft white leather. Condition: some wear and leather with few stains and two corners unstuck. Dimension opened: 22.2 cm x 28.5 cm.
A book cover made for a Qur'an, the originating country being North African or in the Middle East. A coarse weave is embroidered with green in counted stitch and with metal wrapped thread. The inside with very soft white leather. Condition: little wear and leather with stains. Dimension opened: 16.6 cm x 23.2 cm.
A very elaborate tobacco pipe bowl of the Ashanti people (present Ghana), knowing tobacco and the habit of smoking since the 17th century. A feline predator is standing on a rectangular base plate. Provenance: old collection from Berne, Switzerland. Condition: few traces of usage. Dimension: 8 cm x 8.5 cm.