From our Indian Subcontinent Collection, a fine 19th century brass surahi (water flask) paired with a large Kashmiri flashed-silver over lacquered-brass undertray, also 19th century. These two pieces were not originally part of a formal set, but we find that they make for an attractive and logical pairing. The surahi is of traditional form with large bulbous body, splayed foot, and long tapering neck. There are six individual cartouches of animated people and animals crafted into the lower body. As a nice extra, this piece has retained its original lid.
The undertray is of Northern Indian manufacture, most likely from Kashmir, with the main design motif being an elegant and complicated execution of flashed-silver over lacquered-brass in the scrolling foliage rosette pattern, with raised chevron ribbing and pierced edges, all very typical of Islamic influenced Northern Indian wares. This two-piece grouping makes for a very attractive table centerpiece.
Size and Condition: The surahi is 13 inches tall, 6 1/2 inches wide, excellent overall condition. The undertray is 17 1/4 inches in diameter, fine overall condition with some general wear and verdigris to the surface in places, all commensurate with age and use.