Lot 182. A diamond-set and enamelled torque (hasli) with pearl fringe, India, Jaipur, 19th century; 16.5cm. diamEstimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot Sold 21,250 GBP (24,637 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.

of rigid ovoid from, with an applied diamond-set, foil-backed rosette to the centre, the upper side decorated with diamond flowerheads and leaves reserved against a blue enamelled ground, the reverse decorated in red, green, white and blue enamels with flowerheads and birds, the edge bordered with pearls.

NoteMughal craftsmen inspired goldsmiths outside the confines of the court to produce jewellery that combined the ornamentation and refinement of the Mughal court with traditional rural forms such as the torque. This type of necklace might have been worn by the wife of a zamindar (landowner) or merchant. For a comparable hasli please see Markevitch 1987, p.44, no.15 and Untracht 1997, p.352, nos.776 & 777.

A very close example was sold in these rooms, 6 April 2011, lot 360

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets, London, 01 May 2019, 10:30 AM