A gem-set rosewater sprinkler (gulabpash), North India, c.1675-1725.

Assouline publishing explores the history of Indian jewellery with new book Beyond Extravagance

Rosewater Sprinkler (gulabpash) Date: century (base), late century (neck) Geography: North India Medium: Metal, inlaid with rubies, emeralds, and pearls Dimensions: H: 10 in. cm) Classification: Metalwork-Jewelry Credit Line: The Al-Thani Collection

Silk sword sash with jewelled gold fittings, about 1900, India The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014.

Silk sword sash with jewelled gold fittings, about India, © Servette Overseas Limited Photograph: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, The Al Thani Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum

A MUGHAL SILVER-GILT ROSEWATER SPRINKLER  NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY  Of typical form, rising from conical foot with cusped edge to faceted wide bulbous body, tapering to a thin neck with pronounced internal collar, finial missing, sides of body with repoussé floral spray on each of the faceted panels, sides of neck divided into six vertical bands with scrolling floral decoration, top and bottom of body bordered with pronounced floral collars, repoussé decoration on finely punched ground

A MUGHAL SILVER-GILT ROSEWATER SPRINKLER NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY Of typical form, rising from conical foot with cusped edge to faceted wide bulbous body, tapering to a thin neck with pronounced internal collar, finial missing, sides of body with repoussé floral spray on each of the faceted panels, sides of neck divided into six vertical bands with scrolling floral decoration, top and bottom of body bordered with pronounced floral collars, repoussé decoration on finely punched ground

Not long before Mary Queen of Scots had her own head chopped off, she had this bone chilling silver skull watch made. The case is opened by dropping the under jaw, which turns upon a hinge, while the watchworks occupy the place of the brain.

The Seton Watch was made for Mary Queen of Scots in the late It has a silver engraved case and a small bell that strikes on the by aurelia

Pen Case and Inkwell (davat-i daulat) Object Name: Ink-set Date: 16th or 17th century or later Geography: Deccan or North India Medium: Gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds Dimensions: Pen case: H. 1 5/8 in. (4 cm) W. 12 1/8 in. (30.6 cm) Inkwell: H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Diam. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm) Classification: Gold Credit Line: The Al-Thani Collection

Pen Case and Inkwell (davat-i daulat )Pen Case and Inkwell (davat-i daulat) Object Name: Ink-set Date: or century or later Geography: Deccan or North India Medium: Gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds MET

India | Pendant (padakkam); gold, rubies, diamonds, emeralds | Karnataka, 18th century;

The exhibition “India: Jewels that Enchanted the World” examines the legacy of five hundred years of Indian jewellery, from the century to the present day, showcasing over 300 pieces of jewellery and jewelled objects.

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