This exceptional pair of silver gilt bud vases was made by Oomersi Mawji.
The inspiration for their organic shapes may well have been the Salomónica
columns of Bernini's Baldacchino at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican It
is known that Mawji was aware of Renaissance sculpture, as can be evidenced
by his classical figure formerly in the the Bulgari collection in Rome. It
is to be noted that the use of silver gilt by Mawji is very rare.