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A rare openwork silver cooling vessel (karlik), with the tughra of Abdülhamid II (r.1876-1909) and glass interior, Turkey, 19th century
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297
A rare openwork silver cooling vessel (karlik), with the tughra of Abdülhamid II (r.1876-1909) and glass interior, Turkey, 19th century
Estimate
40,00060,000
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A rare openwork silver cooling vessel (karlik), with the tughra of Abdülhamid II (r.1876-1909) and glass interior, Turkey, 19th century
the silver openwork body designed as split, entwined arabesques, in three sections, each with a 'sah' mark and tughra of Abdülhamid II (r.1876-1909), the straight spout with screwable lid and chain, surmounted by lid with floral finial, curved handle, containing a spherical glass vessel with compartments for snow and liquids
31.5cm. max. height 
24.5cm. diam. 


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Catalogue Note

This rare silver cooling vessel or karlik was produced during the reign of Abdülhamid II (r.1876–1909), the last Ottoman sultan to exert effective authority before the rise of the Young Turk revolutionaries. Only a handful of these silver cooling vessels survive, of which this particular karlik is unique in containing a glass cooling vessel within the silver exterior. Liquid was kept cool by means of snow contained in a small compartment of the glass vessel. The presence of this glass vessel gave the Ottoman craftsman more freedom in the design of the silver exterior, allowing him to create an intricate pierced floral pattern, another feature unique to this karlik.

Only a few other karliks of this type are known, including one sold at Sotheby’s London, 20 April 2016, lot 192. For two published comparables see G. Kürkman, Ottoman Silver Marks, Istanbul, 1996, p.236 and E. Grunberg & E.M. Torn, Four Centuries of Ottoman Taste, London, 1988, no.31.

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