Antique Kashmiri Copper Tea Caddy Canister Indo Persian Islamic Chased 19th C
An exceptionally well crafted, highly decorative and very stylish item of antique Kashmiri copper ware decorated in an Indo Persian Islamic style. This tea caddy or storage canister is similarly shaped to an 18th century porcelain tea canister or caddy. It is of a lidded inverted baluster shape or form. It was probably intended to store spices or even possibly tea. We have seen a similar item described as a lime powder storage jar for use with betel leaf and areca nuts. Some collectors may possibly call this a North Indian lidded vase.
This beautiful canister has been hand made by a skilled copper-smith and has been formed in a number of sections; the neck collar, the dished shoulder, the main body, foot and base, and then all parts have been soldered together. Once assembled It was decorated by hand in chased and embossed punch and chisel work.
The main decoration consists of twelve vertical panels each broken into three rows. This gives thirty six individual cartouches all of which have been carefully chased and punched to have a floriate scrolling leaf decoration within their own half round chiselled border decoration. The lid or cap is similarly decorated. Both the neck and foot have a continuous linked floral scroll border decoration.
We believe that this storage container dates to the middle part of the 19th century from around 1850 during the Reign of Queen Victoria and the late Mughal era.
This relatively large size tea canister or storage caddy measures 5 inches (13 cm) diameter at the widest and stands about 8 inches (20 cm) high. It weighs 1.009kg unpacked.
It is in very good antique condition this canister, the neck is slightly misshapen and it has the very minor marking dings and wear commensurate with age and use. Please see the images.
This is a great looking item of Kashmiri Indo-Persian Islamic copper metalware and a very decorative object.
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