It was in Calcutta, in 1790, that the British East India Company first began the trading business that would, by 1858, lead to its control over all of India. was the first British silversmith to set up shop in Calcutta. C./ on his promotion”; Reference: Jackson, Sir Charles J. Colaba is one of the seven islands that comprises Bombay, its name deriving from Kolabhat, the language of Kolis, the indigenous inhabitants of the islands before the arrival of Portuguese and, later, the British.The pieces they produced in Calcutta, mainly for British consumption, were of polished silver with smooth lines and minimal decoration. The casket has been profusely embossed with human and animal figures against a landscape of foliage and buildings worked in the typically Calcutta style of the Colonial period.
The dragon is very finely done, with scales delineated over the full length of its body, and its claws drawn into itself.In the background can be seen his hut, some palm trees, other foliage, and animals.Though it has a cartouche for for a monogram, it has never been engraved.This large fruit bowl in the Calcutta style depicts a number of village scenes: a farmer harvesting the crops in his field, some huts, a garden wall, some trees, water being drawn from a well, an oxcart, and a figure washing clothes.In the distant background, some hills hint at distance and perspective, and a band of ornamentation circles the rim and base above and below the landscape.The cup has one atypical Calcutta design, a sailboat, and also depicts different animals, such as lions and buffaloes, set against palm trees, foliage, and structures.The matching teaspoon is engraved “BIH.” None of the pieces is hallmarked.See similar silver teacup, saucer by Oomersi Mawji, in Kutch section of this blog.Neither set has any insulator in the cup handle, thus making the cup impossible to hold when filled with a hot beverage.Grish Chunder Dutt was the finest silversmith in Calcutta.This charming sweetmeats bowl, in the Calcutta style, depicts a village scene of a farmer harvesting the crops in his field.This sterling silver is distinctively European in form, but features a beautifully rendered landscape, featuring scenes of rural Bengali life in a tropical, bucolic background in a style that is characteristically Calcutta.There were several silversmth shops in Bhovanipore in Calcutta around 1850-1900.A bowl with much of the coriander-leaf pattern for which Kutch was known, but with a departure from Kutch style in the Calcutta-style foliage and ogee-shaped, medallion-framed scenes of havelis and shrines.