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AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT AND SILVER COMMEMORATIVE ROSEBOWL

AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT AND SILVER COMMEMORATIVE ROSEBOWL

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PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMSETJEE JEJEEBHOY



AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT AND SILVER COMMEMORATIVE ROSEBOWL



makers mark of Edward, Edward Jr., John and William Barnard, London, 1841; retailers mark of 'BRAITHWAITE & JONES FECT. LONDON' along lower plinth



on a graduated double layer shaped square plinth, the sides with four plaques sitting atop a layer of cast foliage decoration, one side depicting bales of cotton being weighed, the second showing merchants examining cargo with the fort walls as the backdrop and the hills surrounding Bombay further back, the other two sides engraved with an inscription that reads 'PRESENTED / TO JAMSETJEE JEJEEBHOY ESQRE. / OF BOMBAY. / BY WILLIAM JARDINE. / AS A TOKEN OF ESTEEM, / AND TO COMMEMORATE AN UNINTERRUPTED / FRIENDSHIP OF MORE THAN THIRTY SIX YEARS. / 1841.', the vase with a central trunk entirely covered with rambling roses and associated foliage in heavy relief leading to the central bowl with an everted, shaped rim overhung entirely with lush roses in full bloom, the body of the bowl chased in relief depicting a peacock with dramatic plumage, and, a hare coursing scene, the animated hares, greyhounds and men on horseback all clearly shown, weight 8,830 gms.



Height 20 1/2 in. (52.2 cm.)



The current lot was a gift from Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy's long-time friend and business partner William Jardine. The two were first acquainted on one of Jejeebhoy's voyages to China in 1805. Jardine, a recent medical school graduate aged 20, was aboard the Brunswick bound for Canton as a surgeon's mate. Among the passengers was a 21-year old Jejeebhoy. Shortly after departing from Bombay, the ship was captured by the French at Point de Galle on July 11. It was during this ordeal that the two formed a lasting bond and friendship that later evolved into a long-term trading partnership.



By 1820, Jardine had abandoned his background in medicine in favour of commerce. Jardine and Jejeebhoy's relationship then extended to the professional realm; the first records of a business relationship between the two seem to emerge in the mid 1820s. Jardine was a resident of China between 1820 and 1839 and within that time established one of the largest foreign trading companies in the Far East with the help of James Matheson. As stated previously, Jardine Matheson & Co. was appointed principal agent for Jejeebhoy's business dealings in China.



This commemorative rosebowl was gifted to Jejeebhoy by Jardine in 1841 just after Jardine retired and left for England, a couple of years before his death in 1843. The plaques along the base of the vase show bales of cotton being weighed on one and merchants examining cargo,with an artist's rendition of what is known today as the J.J. Hospital on the other; the hills surrounding Bombay are seen in the distance. (Even though the hospital came up later, it has already been conceptualised in 1841.) The choice of imagery used here would have had unique meaning to the two men, reminiscent of their partnership in China. Another recorded instance of gifts being exchanged between Jejeebhoy and Jardine is a large gold dinner-service that was used at one of several banquets held in 1843 to celebrate Jejeebhoy's knighthood.



The pair of Victorian silver candelabra from the previous lot was also presented to Jejeebhoy by Jardine and James Matheson.



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AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT AND SILVER COMMEMORATIVE ROSEBOWL

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