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SOLD - Pair of Indian Colonial Silver Presentation Cups/Vases and Covers - Antique

An exceptional, fine and impressive, unusual pair of antique Indian Colonial Silver presentation cups/vases and covers; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection

SKU: W8240
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SOLD - Pair of Indian Colonial Silver Presentation Cups/Vases and Covers - Antique
SOLD - Pair of Indian Colonial Silver Presentation Cups/Vases and Covers - Antique


This exceptional antique pair of Indian Colonial silver presentation cups/vases has a campania shaped form supported by a pedestal and circular foot.

The body of each vessel is embellished with a contemporary engraved presentation inscription to one side.

The inscription to one cup reads ‘Fanny Catherine Dunseley Macrae, the Gift of her affectionate Godfather and Godmother, Richard and Fanny Ouseley’.

The second cup displays ‘To Charles Colin Macrae, on the 16th August 1844 the first anniversary of his Birthday, the gift of his affectionate Friends Fanny and Richard Ouseley’ to one side and bears a crest of a cubit arm grasping a sword above a coat of arms and motto ‘Fortitudine - With fortitude’* to the other side.

Each piece has two fine and impressive handles naturalistically modelled in the form of a two cordons extending from a grapevine trunk accented with grape and leaf decorated terminals.

These Indian colonial silver vases retain the original plain domed push fit covers encircled with fine and impressive chased decorated grape and foliate ornamentation to the shaped rims.

The covers are each surmounted with the original silver finials depicting a stemmed grape cluster and foliate ornamentation to one and a convolvulus style floral and foliate design to the other.

The pedestal of each item is realistically modelled in the form of interlacing grape vines terminating with a circular spreading foot embellished with further impressive chased decorated grape, foliate and tendril decoration.

These impressive presentation cups are an exceptional and unusual example of their type.

* This crest, coat of arms and motto pertain to the Scottish clan MacRae/Macrae, from the Gaelic name Mac Rath


These antique cups are an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The chased decoration is all very sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the rim of each foot are all very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these fine Indian silver vases/ cups.


Presentation piece 1

Height to top of finial 15.5cm/6.1"

Height to rim 12.1cm/4.8"

Diameter of rim 8cm/3.1"

Diameter of foot 6.1cm/2.4"

Weight 14.2 troy ounces/442g

Presentation piece 2

Height to top of finial 15cm/5.9"

Height to rim 11.8cm/4.6"

Diameter of rim 8.3cm/3.3"

Diameter of foot 6.1cm/2.4"

Weight 16.2 troy ounces/504g

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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