Anglo-Indian Portrait Miniature Silver Cufflinks
Portrait miniatures are long a tradition in India. Whether illustrating a manuscript or depicting a royal raja and rani, these precise miniatures were typically watercolor on ivory. A school of art emerged during the late 1800s which embraced both the cultural heritage of India and the impact that the British East India Company had on the populace – “The Company School”.
This pair of oval double sided silver cufflinks incorporates the rendering of two famous buildings of India. Executed in watercolor assumed on ivory is the depiction of the magnificent Taj Mahal and what may be the Tomb of Safdarjung - a garden tomb in a marble mausoleum built in 1754 in Delhi. All of the portraits are mounted under glass.
Measurements: Each miniature is 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) by 1/2 of an inch (1.3 cm). Weight of 6.4 grams (4.1 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Very good; light wear; glass has some very minor surface scratches. Link connectors appear to be handmade.
Date & Origin: Circa 1900 and is Indian in origin.
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