Lot 174. A diamond-set and enamelled necklace (khanti), North India, circa 1800. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot Sold 55,000 GBP (63,767 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
set with facet-cut diamonds with foil backing, the openwork design forming flowerheads and two birds, with a hinged pendant in the form of a bird with spinel drop, polychrome enamelling on the reverse with foliate motifs and birds on each setting; 19cm. diam.
Provenance: Family of Hari Singh Nalwa (1791-1837), by descent.
Note: An almost identical example, with the exception of enamelling to the reverse, attributed to 1750-1800, is in the Al-Thani collection (see From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from Al Thani collection, exh. cat. Grand Palais, 29 March-5 June 2017, no.187.)
Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets, London, 01 May 2019, 10:30 AM