Lot 92. An enamelled and gem set huqqa mouthpiece, Jaipur, North India, 1800-1850; 6 ¾ in. (17.3 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,275 - USD 25,700). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. 

Set with diamonds and emeralds, on a green and red enamelled ground further enhanced with white, lilac and black enamels.  

Literature: Jaffer 2013, p.194, no.71

ExhibitedGrand Palais, Paris 2017, p.199, no.150
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p.230, no.157
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p.252, no.161.

Note: The hookah (waterpipe) is comprised of a few component parts, the mouthpiece, a long tube, the huqqa base, and a detachable tobacco bowl. It would have been customary for a detailed mouthpiece, such as the present lot, to have also been accompanied by an equally ornamental bowl and pipe (Beijing, 2015, p.252, no. 161). The munal (mouthpiece) was considered the most important part, as it was the intimate and personal part of the waterpipe. During the mid-18th century onwards, the waterpipe became a popular feature in courtly portraiture painting, showing its widespread popularity and its evocation of high status.

Christie'sArt of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 24 October 2019