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Gujarat, India, circa 1600

Set of Two Ewers and a Basin

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to Benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Gujarat, India, circa 1600

Gujarat, India, circa 1600

Set of Two Ewers and a Basin

Set of Two Ewers and a Basin

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Lot sold:

302,400

USD

Gujarat, India, circa 1600

Set of Two Ewers and a Basin


mother-of-pearl and brass-mounted veneered wood

height of ewers 11 in.; 27.9cm.

diameter of basin 18 in.; 45.7cm.

The dish has a gilt bronze or brass border. There are relatively minor chips, losses, cracks, and restorations, particularly around the interior of the sides. Some losses and restoration to bottom edge of underside and to band/row mother of pearl just above the underside. Some pins lacking. With metal apparatus on reverse for hanging.

Both of the ewers with some losses, replacements, and chipping to mother of pearl, particularly around the edges of the feet, upper lip, and rim of covers.

The dish and ewers are probably associated. The thumbpieces on the pair of ewers are lacking.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Please note that the ewers and the dish are associated, they are not a set. Please note that the expanded provenance for this lot is available in the online catalogue.

The Ewers:

Viscount Kilcoursie, son of 7th Earl of Cavan;

thence by descent to his daughter, Lady Henrietta Harvey;

Thence by descent;

Sothebys London, 16 December 1958


The charger:

Sotheby’s London, 2 July 1997, lot 203

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Gujarat was a center for mother-of-pearl work, where artists created inlaid objects such as dishes, caskets, and furniture for the export market. The luxurious objects were listed in the inventories of royal collections throughout Europe, including those of the Green Vault in Dresden and the Royal Danish Kunstkammer, and it is even recorded that in Thomas Cromwell presented a mother-of-pearl ewer to King Henry VIII as a New Years present in 1534. Such items, like the present ewers and basin, would have served as prized additions to collections of exotic luxury goods, but few examples survive today due to the fragility of the material.


The majority of the extant pieces are in the collections of museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which has a similar plate in its collection (acc. number 2006.313). A set of three Gujarat objects sold together is particularly rare, due to the scarcity of the objects.