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A catalogue to accompany the Royal Collection exhibition

Enamelled by Hira Singh, Jaipur

Perfume holder c. 1870 - 1875

Gold, enamel, diamonds and pearls | 15.6 × 20.3 cm (open); 14.4 × 20.3 cm (closed) | RCIN 11423

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This perfume holder was a gift from Ram Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur. When pressure is applied to the rod beneath the tray, the ‘leaves’ of the perfume holder open to reveal a yellow enamelled cup and cover. The feet of the tray are in the form of elephant-like animals with curled up trunks that rest on green enamelled circular feet with kundan-set diamonds.

The circular tray is enamelled with eight oval medallions depicting hunting scenes, the Chandra Mahal and Amber Fort, and floral designs similar to the salver (RCIN 11469). Thomas Holbein Hendley recorded that this perfume holder was enamelled by Hira Singh and that it cost 10,000 rupees to produce. The enamelled holder underwent five firings and took five years to complete.

<p>An enamelled gold perfume holder or <em>attardan</em> formed of a circular tray with a green and red enamelled gold lotus flower in the centre that opens to reveal a yellow and red cup and cover when pressure is applied to the rod beneath the tray. The

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