ANTIQUE 18thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL LARGE BOWL, SIAM c. 1790
Antique late-18th Century extremely rare and fine solid silver niello bowl, of particularly large size, repousse decorated, depicting Singha lions and birds in dense floral gilded ground. Nielloware art and jewellery has always been very popular in Thailand, However, the niello technique does not seem to have originated in Thailand. It is said that it was introduced by the Persians or the Portuguese to Thailand since both countries had an early presence in Siam. This bowl is an exceptional example of Thai niello work, such pieces were only made for the Royal house. Pieces of similar quality can only be viewed at the Nakhon National Museum and the V&A The Arts of Thailand, silver and gold repoussé teapot. Hence, it requires great skill from the craftsman: the object to be decorated, commonly of silver or gold is incised with a traditional Thai pattern. The areas which are to be the background are carved in deep relief and filled with niello which is a black mixture of metallic alloys of lead, copper and silver. Afterwards the niello is fused with the metal of the object by heating. The object is then smoothed by hand with a file and polished. Additional details can also be incised during the filing and polishing process. In the finished article, the silver or gold base of the object stands out and contrasts with the matte black background. ANTIQUE 18thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL LARGE BOWL, SIAM c. Ieces of similar quality can only be viewed at the Nakhon National Museum and the V&A The Arts of Thailand, s. Ilver and gold repoussé teapot. The process of creating niello objects is very complicated and elaborate.
In Great Condition - No Damage. Height: 14.5cm Width: 29cm Weight: 795g. All items are cleaned and inspected before being dispatched, we use only the best packing materials to insure your item reaches you safely and discreetly.
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- Composition: Solid Silver
- Product: Bowl
- Age: 1850-1899