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A bidri silver-inlaid huqqa base on wide stand, India, early 18th century
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5,0007,000
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162
A bidri silver-inlaid huqqa base on wide stand, India, early 18th century
Estimate
5,0007,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A bidri silver-inlaid huqqa base on wide stand, India, early 18th century
the huqqa base of bell-shape form, detailed silver-inlaid decoration with naturalistic scenes featuring a variety of animals in various activities, two houses and a vegetal background, the wide slightly domed stand with circular aperture in the centre, decorated with a band featuring birds and tigers between houses and scrolls
Quantity: 2
huqqa base: 21cm. height
stand: 41.5cm. max. diam.
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Provenance

Ex-private collection, Germany.

Catalogue Note

A rare example of a bell shaped huqqa base complete with a large stand, huqqas of this stature and intricacy can be seen in renowned institutions, notably the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad and Victoria and Albert Museum in London (inv. no. 136-1852). For further examples, see V.L Devkar, (ed.), Bidri Ware, Hyderabad, 1961. This huqqa base aptly highlights the potential for complexity and beauty that can be achieved through the bidri technique. Retaining an exceptional amount of its silver inlay, a similar base was offered in these rooms 24 April 1991, lot 696.

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