ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800
ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800

UNKNOWN (worked from c.1800)

ANTIQUE 19thC THAI SOLID SILVER-GILT NIELLO ENAMEL BOWL, SIAM c.1800

1800 Thailand

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Antique 19th Century extremely rare and fine solid silver niello bowl, stylized leaf shaped rim and domed spreading foot, repousse decorated with 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. The tradition of presenting nielloware objects as State gifts goes back to the reign of King Narai of Ayutthaya (1656-1688). 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. Museum no.476-1894)

The process of creating niello objects is very complicated and elaborate. 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.

CONDITION

In Great Condition - No Damage.

SIZE

Height: 14cm
Width: 22cm
Weight: 675g
In Great Condition - No Damage.
Dimensions
Height 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Diameter 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
Weight 675.00g (21.70oz t)
Stock Code
A5084
Medium
Solid silver niello bowl.
Signed/Inscribed
Apparently unsigned.
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