At the upcoming Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art Auction, collectors this time will get to grab some of the rare and finest art works, including a fine and important repousse silver Claret Jug by Oomersi Mawji Bhuj, circa 1890 and an illuminated Qur’an in scroll form written in ghubari script, with an Ottoman 16th Century cylindrical silver-gilt case. Defined to be a fine example of Oomersi Mawji’s best work, this claret jug circa 1890 produced during the final period of the British raj in Indian with provenance of a private UK collection is offered on sale with a pre-sale estimate of $24,000 to $32,000. While an illuminated Qur’an boasting Arabic manuscript on smooth cream colored lightly burnished paper is on sale with an estimated price tag of $8,100 to $11,000. However, we have also earlier seen the sale of 13th-Century Qur’an for a record price of $2,327,300 and a 14th-Century Qur’an written entirely in large, gold script interspersed with fascinating illumination.
Claret Jug by Oomersi Mawji
Circa 1890, this fine and important repousse silver Claret jug boasts inverted pear-shaped form on an artistic circular domed foot, along with a snake being charmed up a branch that forms the handle.
Further, the snake-charmer actually forms the thumb-piece, while the waisted neck with hinged lid terminates in a tapering pouring spout. Also, the jug’s body comes embossed with a hunting scene, and its base comes stamped with maker mark O.M. Bhuj.
Notably, this jug actually represents a true assemblage of styles wherein indigenous Kutchi decorative motifs enhances an European art form.
Illuminated Qur’an in a silver-gilt case
This Illuminated Qur’an boasts text written in ghubari script in black and red ink within panels outlined in gold and often incorporated into larger decorative and stylized verses surrounded with gilt floral and vegetal motifs. The holy Qur’an comes with an Ottoman Turkey 16th Century cylindrical silver-gilt case.