Antique painted porcelain huqqa base for Persian market


This wonderful huqqa base is crafted from porcelain and finely parcel gilt and painted with flowers, butterflies, birds and portraits of Qajar monarchs.


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The porcelain huqqa (or hookah) features a bell-shaped body with a flared foot. Its neck is waisted and its top is ribbed and slightly flared. The huqqa is painted a deep blue colour and its body is decorated with joined oval-shaped panels containing paintings. These depict colourful flower arrangements and half-length portraits of the Qajar kings of Persia, Naser al-Din Shah (reigned 1848-1896) and Mozaffar al-Din Shah (reigned 1896-1907) in gilt oval medallions. Geometric red bands decorate the edges of the white panels.

Above, the blue neck of the huqqa is painted with colourful flowers, birds and butterflies, and is encircled by a red- and blue-painted white band. The huqqa features a parcel gilt white ribbed top and a blue end which is painted with white flowers. Its white mouth is slightly flared.

The huqqa is Continental, possibly Russian in origin and was intended for the Persian market.


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


26 cm / 10.2 inches
14 cm / 5.5 inches


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