Fine brass inlaid wood Surahi vessel, circa 1870-80. Probably made in Mainpuri, a district in the Agra region of northern India. The artisans who specialized in this delicate work, known as tarkashi, were members of the Ojha caste, whose ancestors migrated from Rajistan to Mainpuri in the 14th century. For more information and related examples, please see Furniture From British India and Ceylon by Amin Jaffer, V & A Publications 2001, pages 305-307. Measures 6 inches high, a bit of minor inlay loss.
RARE India brass filigree lamp electrified c1850. The quality of the pierce cut detail on this lamp is exceptional. Measures 38.5 inches to the top of its finial and 8.5 inches across its base. Three lights with adjustable slide to move the silkshade up or down.
Rare early 19th century Indian rosewood dowery box from the Malabar Coast. The top is carved out of one solid block of rosewood. It retains all of its original solid cast brass fittings. There are some age cracks in the lid, a few missing molding tacks and a break at the top of the lock face. It measures 13.25 inches wide by 10.25 inches deep by 9 inches high.