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Large antique Siamese bowl

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Joined: 01 Mar 2008
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Location: New Zealand

Posted: 04/03/2008 
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I bought this bowl in Bangkok after some protracted and most enjoyable haggling, from a reputable antique dealer. It's not hallmarked in any way, but I'm sure it's quite good solid silver, and a silversmith friend has confirmed this. Apparently older pieces weren't marked. I believe this dates from some time in the 19th century.
It weighs (on my kitchen scales, sorry!) 1 lb 1 oz.
The photo's don't give a great indication of size - it's quite large like a rose bowl, 240mm diameter, 120mm high. Slightly dented on the base. Incredibly detailed with alternating panels showing a seated deity - probably a buddha? and what I think is a well with birds. I think it's a water bowl for banquets, but not sure.
Any info and idea of value much appreciated!

Description:interior of bowl.

siam bowl inside.JPG

Description:base of bowl

siamese bowl base.JPG

Description:the bowl, showing the panels

siamese bowl panels.JPG

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