Collection of antique silver gilt bird-shaped rosewater sprinklers


Unusually shaped, these rosewater sprinkles embody the very important Indian as well as Iranian traditions and celebrate fine European craftsmanship.


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This collection of unusual bird-shaped rosewater sprinklers was crafted in the late 19th century.

The silver gilt body of the largest sprinkler is wonderfully covered with engraved detailing. Its bulbous body is covered with engraved depictions of feathers and other anatomical features. The feather-covered tail is very prominent, making it one of the main focal points of the piece.

The pair of smaller silver gilt sprinklers are most likely depicting partridges. Similarly to the larger model, their bodies are covered in feather engravings. The long, slender tails, the superbly cast beaks, and the eyes as well as other intricate decorations make the models appear life-like adding to their desirability.

The heads of all three models are removable to reveal a pierced opening from which rosewater can be sprinkled. One of the models is missing the pierced cover.   

Traditionally, rosewater sprinklers were used in India where rosewater was sprinkled on guests due to their cooling properties. However, this custom came over from Iran where during the festival of Ab Pashan, rosewater was sprinkled to make one think of rainfall which was needed to end the famine.

The models are stamped with a ‘K’ mark.

The nature-inspired design makes this collection a desirable addition to both traditional and contemporary interiors.

Largest: Height 11.5cm, width 15.5cm, depth 6.5cm
Smallest: Height 10.5cm, width 27cm, depth 6cm


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Animal / Animalier, Birds / Ornithology
Silver, Silver-gilt
Gold, Silver


11.5 cm / 4.3 inches
15.5 cm / 5.9 inches
6.5 cm / 2.4 inches


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