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A RARE GEORGIAN SILVER COMMEMMORATIVE CENTREPIECE

A RARE GEORGIAN SILVER COMMEMMORATIVE CENTREPIECE

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PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMSETJEE JEJEEBHOY



A RARE GEORGIAN SILVER COMMEMMORATIVE CENTREPIECE



mark of Edward, Edward Jr., John and William Barnard, London, 1836



the shaped triangular plinth supporting a triform base with cast and applied dense foliage and scrolling vines terminating in three scalloped feet, two sides of the base chased in relief with illustrative plaques depicting the artist's rendition of Persepolis on one and a view of Bombay harbour on the other, the third with an engraved inscription reading 'Presented to / JAMSETJEE JEJEEBHOY ESQR. / of Bombay. / BY / JAMES GATHORNE REMINGTON , / MATTHEW THEODOSIUS DENIS DE VITRE, / & MANSFIELD FORBES, ESQRS. / as a memorial / OF THEIR SINCERE FRIENDSHIP & ESTEEM. / 31 July 1836.', each plaque with a seated hound in front of it, the three corners decorated with bull heads, a large central palm tree rising from the base to form the central stem, atop which sits a round bowl, its circular, shaped rim heavily decorated with various flowers joined by lush leaves and foliage, its base engraved with the letters 'J.J.' and embellished with leaves and single flowerheads in relief, the base of the palm tree resembling a rocky outcrop, three peacocks boasting impressively sized and patterned plumage stand amidst delicately modeled lush banana plantains, weight 18,858 gms.



Height 36 in. (91.5 cm.)



In keeping with the tradition of gifting large pieces of commissioned silver as a gesture of friendship and respect, this impressive centrepiece was gifted to Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy by James Gathorne Remington, Matthew Theodosius Denis De Vitre and Mansfield Forbes Esq on July 31, 1836.



As discussed, Jejeebhoy and William Jardine had a long-standing relationship that extended beyond friendship into business ventures as well. The two Scotsmen, James Matheson and William Jardine had many agents and partners, including Mansfield Forbes, James Remington and Matthew De Vitre. They were partners in multiple companies such as Remington & Co. in Bombay, Forbes & Co., which operated as their agents in Canton and De Vitre & Co, in Bombay. As a result the three gentleman probably did a significant amount of work with Jejeebhoy. The gift of this elaborate centrepiece was a testimonial to their business partnership as agents in the mercantile trade. Historical records also indicate that this was not the first such gift they made to him. In 1837, the three gentlemen gifted him a large silver salver as a testament of their friendship.



The visual reference to Persepolis on one of the plaques was probably made by the artist as an homage to 'Pars' in Iran where Parsis are believed to have originally come from. To the ancient Persians it was known as 'Parsa', and the English name Persepolis is derived from the Greek 'Persespolis' meaning 'Persian City'. In contemporary Persian, the site is known by the name 'Takht-e Jamshid' which translates to 'The Throne of Jamshid', or, 'Chehel Minar' which translates to 'The Forty Columns', an apt description for the scene depicted here.



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