A GEM-SET AND TURQUOISE SILVER HUQQA, EUROPE OR PERSIA, FIRST-HALF 20TH CENTURY
the gem-set and turquoise silver huqqa body on three legs, with jewelled insignia of the Qajar order of the Lion and Sun with crown, screw-in tall cylindrical shaft decorated with gem-set en-suite segments, mouth and tray detachable, together with flat tray with pounced ground, decoration in relief and inscriptions, with spurious date, in bespoke Asprey velvet lined case
huqqa: 81cm. height
silver dish: 27cm. diam.
Two of the legs broken (one is a later replacement, need re-affixing), the other in fragile state and also would need consolidation, some of gemstones missing or replaced, as viewed.
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‘My heart has come to boil through the fire of love for you, like the bubbles of a qalyan
Place your lip on my lip as I am most afflicted.
It was made for the exalted navvab [prince?]
The work of Muhammad ‘Ali Isfahani, the year 1058 AH (1648-49 AD)’