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It is written in capital letters and contained within rope borders.  With a continuous inscription, it is always difficult to know the starting point, and we do not have a translation, but the words have been typed below.  Please note that the slash (\/) indicates a separation between the words.  On the bowl, this break has been indicated by a small floral device. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe inscription around the bowl states:-\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e            DIHARISLASSATANGAL12DJUNI1866TOEANI\/OEWASADARIE\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e  BATAVIA\/SOEDADATENGDIEPABRH\/I\/ARTAWINANOIOENARIREBORONDADIALAETA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe inscription to the interior of the base states:-\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eHARIEI\/EMISPAGI\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eTANGAL1DARII\/ATAWINANGON\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eBRANGI\/ATDIEDJATITOEBRENTI\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eDIEPASANGRAHANDISITOESOEDAKA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eSIEHPRENTABI\/INSATOEPASANGBOI\/O\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eI\/OTPEI\/AI\/SAMAMAASDEMANGMA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eNGOENDI\/IAW.D.JATITO\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe letters of both inscriptions are raised up from the background in low or bas-relief.  It must have been very arduous and time consuming to plan and space the design so well and to fashion the letters so precisely. It is very unusual to find an article of Indonesian silver from this period which bears a date. Below the inscribed border is a deeper border of scrolled floral and foliate ornament, which is a stylised depiction of the native flora of the island. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is very unusual to find an article of Indonesian silver from this period which bears a date but we have identified a very similar silver presentation bowl of the same form, similar dimensions and with similar ornamentation and inscriptions.  This is held within the collection of The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and is also inscribed with the date 1866, although it was presented three months earlier, in March.  The Tropenmuseum attribute their bowl to West Java or Banten and this bowl is likely to originate from the same areas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis bowl was made at a time when the Indonesian silver industry was in decline. The island of Java was at the centre of the colonial Dutch East Indies and its extraordinary fertility and plentiful rainfall made it extremely important economically, particularly for rice and coffee production.  Traditionally, in Indonesia, silversmiths had enjoyed high status within the artisan community and received their commissions from the local nobility and upper classes. The silversmiths of Kota Gede, a settlement a few kilometres from Djokjakarta (Jakarta), were particularly famed and served the demands of the Royal Courts.  After European colonisation, the status and wealth of their patrons declined, as did the number and value of commissions, significantly impacting demand and threatening the silversmiths’ business viability.  In the early 1900s, the Indonesian silver industry was in danger of disappearing entirely. Around 1930, the wife of the Governor of Yogyakarta (Jakarta), Mrs Mary Agnes Gesseler Verschuir-Pownall, resolved to alleviate the plight of the silversmiths, to preserve the artistic traditions and to regenerate the industry, and she achieved great success. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eProvenance:-\u003c\/em\u003e  UK art market\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eDimensions:-\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eHeight 6.5cms;  Width 19.5cms; Length 24.5cms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eWeight:–\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e522 grammes\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eReferences:-\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCollection Number:\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e7082-S-451-1449, The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam \u003c\/p\u003e","published_at":"2020-08-09T23:43:38+01:00","created_at":"2020-08-09T23:43:35+01:00","vendor":"Joseph Cohen Antiques","type":"Presentation Bowl","tags":["Sold 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unusual Batavian silver presentation bowl has been ornamented using repousse and chased techniques with finely engraved detailing.  The bowl is of good size and weight and the ornamentation is deep and crisply executed. The bowl is wide and fairly shallow with a large flat base. An inscription runs around the bowl just under the rim and another covers the whole of the inside of the base. This bowl has been made by an Indonesian, more specifically Javanese silversmith and bears a signature to the inscribed border which can be seen in the third photograph.  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe inscription around the bowl is continuous and includes the date 12\u003csup\u003eD\u003c\/sup\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eJuni 1866. It is written in capital letters and contained within rope borders.  With a continuous inscription, it is always difficult to know the starting point, and we do not have a translation, but the words have been typed below.  Please note that the slash (\/) indicates a separation between the words.  On the bowl, this break has been indicated by a small floral device. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe inscription around the bowl states:-\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e            DIHARISLASSATANGAL12DJUNI1866TOEANI\/OEWASADARIE\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e  BATAVIA\/SOEDADATENGDIEPABRH\/I\/ARTAWINANOIOENARIREBORONDADIALAETA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe inscription to the interior of the base states:-\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eHARIEI\/EMISPAGI\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eTANGAL1DARII\/ATAWINANGON\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eBRANGI\/ATDIEDJATITOEBRENTI\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eDIEPASANGRAHANDISITOESOEDAKA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eSIEHPRENTABI\/INSATOEPASANGBOI\/O\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eI\/OTPEI\/AI\/SAMAMAASDEMANGMA\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eNGOENDI\/IAW.D.JATITO\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe letters of both inscriptions are raised up from the background in low or bas-relief.  It must have been very arduous and time consuming to plan and space the design so well and to fashion the letters so precisely. It is very unusual to find an article of Indonesian silver from this period which bears a date. Below the inscribed border is a deeper border of scrolled floral and foliate ornament, which is a stylised depiction of the native flora of the island. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is very unusual to find an article of Indonesian silver from this period which bears a date but we have identified a very similar silver presentation bowl of the same form, similar dimensions and with similar ornamentation and inscriptions.  This is held within the collection of The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and is also inscribed with the date 1866, although it was presented three months earlier, in March.  The Tropenmuseum attribute their bowl to West Java or Banten and this bowl is likely to originate from the same areas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis bowl was made at a time when the Indonesian silver industry was in decline. The island of Java was at the centre of the colonial Dutch East Indies and its extraordinary fertility and plentiful rainfall made it extremely important economically, particularly for rice and coffee production.  Traditionally, in Indonesia, silversmiths had enjoyed high status within the artisan community and received their commissions from the local nobility and upper classes. The silversmiths of Kota Gede, a settlement a few kilometres from Djokjakarta (Jakarta), were particularly famed and served the demands of the Royal Courts.  After European colonisation, the status and wealth of their patrons declined, as did the number and value of commissions, significantly impacting demand and threatening the silversmiths’ business viability.  In the early 1900s, the Indonesian silver industry was in danger of disappearing entirely. Around 1930, the wife of the Governor of Yogyakarta (Jakarta), Mrs Mary Agnes Gesseler Verschuir-Pownall, resolved to alleviate the plight of the silversmiths, to preserve the artistic traditions and to regenerate the industry, and she achieved great success. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eProvenance:-\u003c\/em\u003e  UK art market\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eDimensions:-\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eHeight 6.5cms;  Width 19.5cms; Length 24.5cms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eWeight:–\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e522 grammes\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eReferences:-\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCollection Number:\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e7082-S-451-1449, The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Batavian Silver Presentation Bowl, Java, Indonesia – 1866

Product Description

This unusual Batavian silver presentation bowl has been ornamented using repousse and chased techniques with finely engraved detailing.  The bowl is of good size and weight and the ornamentation is deep and crisply executed. The bowl is wide and fairly shallow with a large flat base. An inscription runs around the bowl just under the rim and another covers the whole of the inside of the base. This bowl has been made by an Indonesian, more specifically Javanese silversmith and bears a signature to the inscribed border which can be seen in the third photograph.  

The inscription around the bowl is continuous and includes the date 12D Juni 1866. It is written in capital letters and contained within rope borders.  With a continuous inscription, it is always difficult to know the starting point, and we do not have a translation, but the words have been typed below.  Please note that the slash (/) indicates a separation between the words.  On the bowl, this break has been indicated by a small floral device. 

The inscription around the bowl states:-

            DIHARISLASSATANGAL12DJUNI1866TOEANI/OEWASADARIE

  BATAVIA/SOEDADATENGDIEPABRH/I/ARTAWINANOIOENARIREBORONDADIALAETA

The inscription to the interior of the base states:-

HARIEI/EMISPAGI

TANGAL1DARII/ATAWINANGON

BRANGI/ATDIEDJATITOEBRENTI

DIEPASANGRAHANDISITOESOEDAKA

SIEHPRENTABI/INSATOEPASANGBOI/O

I/OTPEI/AI/SAMAMAASDEMANGMA

NGOENDI/IAW.D.JATITO

The letters of both inscriptions are raised up from the background in low or bas-relief.  It must have been very arduous and time consuming to plan and space the design so well and to fashion the letters so precisely. It is very unusual to find an article of Indonesian silver from this period which bears a date. Below the inscribed border is a deeper border of scrolled floral and foliate ornament, which is a stylised depiction of the native flora of the island. 

It is very unusual to find an article of Indonesian silver from this period which bears a date but we have identified a very similar silver presentation bowl of the same form, similar dimensions and with similar ornamentation and inscriptions.  This is held within the collection of The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and is also inscribed with the date 1866, although it was presented three months earlier, in March.  The Tropenmuseum attribute their bowl to West Java or Banten and this bowl is likely to originate from the same areas.

This bowl was made at a time when the Indonesian silver industry was in decline. The island of Java was at the centre of the colonial Dutch East Indies and its extraordinary fertility and plentiful rainfall made it extremely important economically, particularly for rice and coffee production.  Traditionally, in Indonesia, silversmiths had enjoyed high status within the artisan community and received their commissions from the local nobility and upper classes. The silversmiths of Kota Gede, a settlement a few kilometres from Djokjakarta (Jakarta), were particularly famed and served the demands of the Royal Courts.  After European colonisation, the status and wealth of their patrons declined, as did the number and value of commissions, significantly impacting demand and threatening the silversmiths’ business viability.  In the early 1900s, the Indonesian silver industry was in danger of disappearing entirely. Around 1930, the wife of the Governor of Yogyakarta (Jakarta), Mrs Mary Agnes Gesseler Verschuir-Pownall, resolved to alleviate the plight of the silversmiths, to preserve the artistic traditions and to regenerate the industry, and she achieved great success. 

Provenance:-  UK art market

Dimensions:- Height 6.5cms;  Width 19.5cms; Length 24.5cms

Weight:– 522 grammes

References:-

Collection Number: 7082-S-451-1449, The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 

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