Antique gilt and painted porcelain huqqa for Persian market


Crafted from white porcelain then finely hand-painted and parcel gilt, this huqqa is a truly beautiful and highly collectable antique piece.


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The huqqa (or hookah) is composed of a slightly flared bell-shaped base with a ribbed cylindrical stem. This is surmounted by a mushroom-shaped piece, topped by a bowl with a flared rim.

This huqqa is crafted from white porcelain and decorated with deep blue and green paintings of stylised floral and foliate motifs. These paintings are finely parcel gilt, creating reflective gold highlights. The base and bowl of the huqqa are further decorated with half-length portraits of the kings of Persia in the Qajar period, Naser al-Din Shah and Mozaffar al-Din Shah. The portraits on the base are set within gilt medallions.

The huqqa is Continental, possibly Russian in origin. It was crafted in the late 19th Century for the Persian market.


Country of Origin
Continental, Russian
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Figurative Art, Floral, Islamic, Persian interest, Portrait
Gilt, Porcelain
Blue, Gold, Multi-coloured, White


47 cm / 18.5 inches
13.5 cm / 5.1 inches


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