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{"id":5592330993814,"title":"Antique Burmese Silver Cruet Set, An Unusual And Novel Design, Burma (myanmar) – Circa 1910","handle":"antique-burmese-silver-cruet-set-an-unusual-and-novel-design-burma-myanmar-circa-1910","description":"\u003cp\u003eA handsome and highly individual antique Burmese silver cruet set decorated in repousse and chased techniques with cast elements.  The items comprise a pair of open pedestal salts with blue glass liners, each supported by the front legs of three cast\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003etogether with a matching lidded baluster shaped pepper pot standing on lion paw feet with two\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e‘handles’ emanating from the waist of the pot, a feature borrowed from the Chinese archaic tradition.  The set is completed by two striking silver novelty condiment spoons; the handles of the spoons have been cast and are fish shaped; they terminate in jaunty divided fish tails with the open mouths of the fish at the lower ends of the handles appearing to hold the bowls of the spoons.  Under the Raj, Burmese silversmiths produced a range of western objects such as cruet sets, for the western ex-patriot community. The arches which contain the animal\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe arches which contain the animal portaits are a typical feature of Mandalay silver, suggesting this was probably the area of origin.  Among the animals featured are an owl, lion, deer and an eagle. 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handsome and highly individual antique Burmese silver cruet set decorated in repousse and chased techniques with cast elements.  The items comprise a pair of open pedestal salts with blue glass liners, each supported by the front legs of three cast\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003etogether with a matching lidded baluster shaped pepper pot standing on lion paw feet with two\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e‘handles’ emanating from the waist of the pot, a feature borrowed from the Chinese archaic tradition.  The set is completed by two striking silver novelty condiment spoons; the handles of the spoons have been cast and are fish shaped; they terminate in jaunty divided fish tails with the open mouths of the fish at the lower ends of the handles appearing to hold the bowls of the spoons.  Under the Raj, Burmese silversmiths produced a range of western objects such as cruet sets, for the western ex-patriot community. The arches which contain the animal\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe arches which contain the animal portaits are a typical feature of Mandalay silver, suggesting this was probably the area of origin.  Among the animals featured are an owl, lion, deer and an eagle. Burmese silversmiths were expert at metal casting using the lost wax (\u003cem\u003ecire perdu\u003c\/em\u003e) technique which was used here to create the\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eelements of the cruet and the fish handles of the spoons.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis still, and has been since at least 500 AD, a revered symbol in Burma.  They appear on the royal thrones of Burma and large statues of\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthes\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eguard the entrance to pagodas and temples such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon (\u003cem\u003eYangon\u003c\/em\u003e). \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is believed that\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthes\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eprotect wealth and bring good fortune.  When the military junta came to power in 1988, the chinthe was adopted as the military government’s symbol of state, replacing the peacock previously used by the monarchy.  Images of the\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eappear on the state seal and are prominently featured on Burmese currency.  Predating the use of money in Burma, sets of cast brass weights in the form of mythical beasts were used to measure standard quantities, and some of these sets were made in the form of the\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003echinthe\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProvenance:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e         \u003c\/strong\u003eUK art market\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSize:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e                          Height:   cms, Width:   cms     \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eWeight:              \u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e    grammes\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eReferences:\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHarry L. Tilly, The Silverwork of Burma by with photographs by P Klier, Rangoon 1902\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHarry L. Tilly, Modern Burmese Silverwork, Superintendent, Government Printing, Rangoon, Burma; 1st edition 1904\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWynyard R T Wilkinson, Mary-Louise Wilkinson and Barbara Harding, Burmese Silver from the Colonial Period, Arts of Asia, May-June 2013\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Burmese Silver Cruet Set, An Unusual And Novel Design, Burma (myanmar) – Circa 1910

Product Description

A handsome and highly individual antique Burmese silver cruet set decorated in repousse and chased techniques with cast elements.  The items comprise a pair of open pedestal salts with blue glass liners, each supported by the front legs of three cast chinthe together with a matching lidded baluster shaped pepper pot standing on lion paw feet with two chinthe ‘handles’ emanating from the waist of the pot, a feature borrowed from the Chinese archaic tradition.  The set is completed by two striking silver novelty condiment spoons; the handles of the spoons have been cast and are fish shaped; they terminate in jaunty divided fish tails with the open mouths of the fish at the lower ends of the handles appearing to hold the bowls of the spoons.  Under the Raj, Burmese silversmiths produced a range of western objects such as cruet sets, for the western ex-patriot community. The arches which contain the animal

The arches which contain the animal portaits are a typical feature of Mandalay silver, suggesting this was probably the area of origin.  Among the animals featured are an owl, lion, deer and an eagle. Burmese silversmiths were expert at metal casting using the lost wax (cire perdu) technique which was used here to create the chinthe elements of the cruet and the fish handles of the spoons.

The chinthe is still, and has been since at least 500 AD, a revered symbol in Burma.  They appear on the royal thrones of Burma and large statues of chinthes guard the entrance to pagodas and temples such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon). 

It is believed that chinthes protect wealth and bring good fortune.  When the military junta came to power in 1988, the chinthe was adopted as the military government’s symbol of state, replacing the peacock previously used by the monarchy.  Images of the chinthe appear on the state seal and are prominently featured on Burmese currency.  Predating the use of money in Burma, sets of cast brass weights in the form of mythical beasts were used to measure standard quantities, and some of these sets were made in the form of the chinthe.

Provenance:         UK art market

Size:                          Height:   cms, Width:   cms     

Weight:                   grammes

References:

Harry L. Tilly, The Silverwork of Burma by with photographs by P Klier, Rangoon 1902

Harry L. Tilly, Modern Burmese Silverwork, Superintendent, Government Printing, Rangoon, Burma; 1st edition 1904

Wynyard R T Wilkinson, Mary-Louise Wilkinson and Barbara Harding, Burmese Silver from the Colonial Period, Arts of Asia, May-June 2013

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