Kashmiri silver of the Raj period developed in the 19th century and draws influence from Persian, Mughal and European decorative arts.The Kashmiri style is distinctive and recognizable and can be distinguished by its chased arabesques, mosaic backgrounds and decorative designs derived from the local flora. Patterns drawn from the Chinar leaf, Coriander leaf and poppy plant form a background to the arabesque and mosaic linework. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Kashmiri silversmiths produced their work for European visitors. The pieces were taken back to Europe where they became very popular. The beakers, trays, vases and kashkuls in our collection show the broad spectrum of the silversmith’s art, including techniques of enamelling, chasing and piercing. Please refer to our blog for more information on Recognising Kashmiri Silver.
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