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Height: 11 in (28 cm)
Gross Weight: 608.5 grams

A fine example of the premiere Kutch silversmith Oomersi Mawji from Bhuj, India. This rare trophy cup showcases the traditional silver designs of scrolling foliate patterns, along with touches of various animals and hunt scenes. Signed 'O.M., Bhuj'.

Oomersi Mawji 'O.M.' and Indian Silver

Among the most well-regarded colonial silversmiths were a small number of successful Indian designers and firms. Some of the most sought after and expensive Indian silver today are those pieces stamped "O.M." - the maker's mark of Oomersi Mawji of Bhuj, a town in the Kutch region of Gujarat, perhaps the greatest Indian silversmith of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Mawji founded Oomersi Mawji & Co. in 1860, and although the firm ceased operations in the 1930s, it, produced many stunning pieces, a number of which are now displayed in many of the most important museums and in important private collections around the world, and remains one of India's most celebrated silversmiths.

"During his lifetime -- from his humble beginnings as a member of the cobbler's caste in Bhuj, in the region of Kutch in Gujarat -- Oomersi Mawji became the most celebrated Indian silversmith during the Raj period, with a large international clientele. He participated in major international exhibitions and became the court silversmith to the Maharaja of Kutch. Today, scholars laud him as perhaps the greatest silversmith of the Nineteenth Century." ("A Rare Collection of Workshop Drawings from the Renowned Indian Silversmith, Oomersi Mawji", Marc J. Matz Antiques & Works of Art website, accessed March 2012).



Provenance: Property of an Indian Royal Family




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  Lot 104 of 109  

AUTUMN AUCTION OF FINE JEWELS AND SILVER
23-24 OCTOBER 2013

Estimate
$3,335 - 6,670
Rs 2,00,000 - 4,00,000

Winning Bid
$3,266
Rs 1,95,960
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)










 



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