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Antique English Colonian Silver Tazza Oomersi Mawji For Sale
Antique English Colonian Silver Tazza Oomersi Mawji
A delightful and rare example of antique English Indian colonial sterling silver.This wonderful figural tazza or comport is by Oomersi Mawji the world famous silversmith from Bhuj, India. The tazza is finely modeled with three large fancy birds standing around a central knotted stern on a spreading base, chased with scrolling foliage, above is a petal form bowl similarly chased. Age: c.1870. Material: Sterling Silver (high percentage of silver - 97% silver). Maker: Oomersi Mawji, Bhuj. Origin: India. Condition: Wonderful condition, no restoration. Measurements: 5 1/4 inches tall (13.4 cm) and 4 3/4 inches in diameter (12 cm). The tazza weights 213 g. Marks: O.M. and BHUJ (please, see our Mawji, Oomersi Mawji was a very famous Indian silversmith who worked in BHUJ, which is in Kutch, Gujarat (India). He was born in Gujarat and was of Indian descent. He was active during British domination of India and his works may be classified as "English Colonial Silver". His work is not hallmarked (in the English way) but has a high percentage of silver. His own work is marked OM and he started to be well known around 1860. He used a special process and a brief description is given in V&A Museum website. He was known worldwide and will have sold through outlets in Calcutta and Bombay. His work became very expensive and the designs had to be simplified and his sons continued this.
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Antique English Colonian Silver Tazza Oomersi Mawji : $8,000