An Indo-Portuguese Silver-Gilt Filigree Casket, Probably Goa, India, 18th-17th Century.

The box of a rectangular shape decorated with very intricate filigree silver scrolling designs over gold plated silver lining. The base is also decorated with various scrolling and floral designs the centre is decorated with four circles probably influenced by the Ottoman three dots (chintemani) motif, which was very popular in the 16-17th centuries and was used beyond the Ottoman Empire to Europe.

For the Ottoman three dots motif, please see Cosmophilia, Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen, by Sheila S. Blair & Jonathan M. Bloom, lot 45 page 115.

For various European made objects that bears the three dots motif, please see Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699, Illustration No. 32 page 65 & lot no. 62 page 92.

The box is marked with various European import silver marks, one of which is probably of an 18th century venetian mark, the others are of a 19th century French swan motive marks.

For similar work but to a different object, please see the pair of rosewater sprinklers, Treasures from India, The Clive Collection at Powis Castle, Mildred Archer, Christopher Rowell & Robert Skelton, lot No 188 pages 115 & 127.
For a similar rosewater sprinkler to the above pair, please see, Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World, London, the 24th. April 2013, sold lot 219.

For a similar item, please see, Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World, London, on the 20th. April 2016, sold lot 140.

Condition: Excellent.

Dimensions: 14.3 cm long
9.5 cm height
10 cm deep
  • Identification Number: 207


An Indo-Portuguese Silver-Gilt Filigree Casket, Probably Goa, India, 18th-17th Century.

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