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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A gilt saddle-axe (tabarzin), North-West India, Bikaner, 18th century 
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
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171

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A gilt saddle-axe (tabarzin), North-West India, Bikaner, 18th century 
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A gilt saddle-axe (tabarzin), North-West India, Bikaner, 18th century 
the sharp axe blade with engraved floral decoration and punched ground, gilt, the handle chased and carved with dense floral scrolls, concealed dagger blade revealed by unscrewing terminal
57cm.  
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Provenance

Ex-collection of Daniel Pasgrimaud, Paris.
Vincent Laloux, Brussels.

Exhibited

Musée d'Art et Histoire, Geneva, 1988.
Pavillon des Arts, Paris, 1988.

Literature

Mughal Silver Magnificence, XVI-XIXth Century, Antalga, Brussels, 1987, p.79, no.74.

Catalogue Note

Decorative similarities can be drawn between this saddle-axe (tabarzin), and the previous lot, the bhuj-kutti. The silver-gilt and stylised floral designs along the bhuj-kutti's scabbard resemble those along the handle of this saddle-axe. The shape and proportions of the present example are reminiscent of Persian prototypes whilst its design in metal reveals exquisite Indian workmanship. Comparable examples are in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (inv. no.111-1888, inv. no.2402) and in the Wallace Collection, London (OA 1548). 

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