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PROPERTY FROM THE HOME OF SERGE BRUNST

An Ottoman gilt-copper (tombak) lidded ewer, with associated basin and filter, Turkey, 18th century 
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158

PROPERTY FROM THE HOME OF SERGE BRUNST

An Ottoman gilt-copper (tombak) lidded ewer, with associated basin and filter, Turkey, 18th century 
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Details & Cataloguing

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An Ottoman gilt-copper (tombak) lidded ewer, with associated basin and filter, Turkey, 18th century 
the ewer of truncated pyriform body with tall waisted neck, applied swan-necked spout and handle, hinged domical lid topped by stylised pinecone, hammered, engraved and punched decoration, together with a large basin and detachable openwork filter 
ewer: 32.5cm. height
basin: 9.8cm. height, 37.2cm. diam.
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Catalogue Note

Tombak wares became particularly popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth century for their gold-like quality (Petsopoulos 1982, pp.33-35). During Ottoman times it was considered inappropriate for vessels in solid gold to be used for utilitarian purposes; copper-gilt (tombak) wares were preferred instead. A number of tombak objects from the royal kitchenware are now in the Topkapi Palace Museum, including a sherbet pitcher, a rose-water sprinkler and a ewer comparable in form to the present piece (Istanbul 1986, pp.43-45, pl.2 and pl.3). Tombak manufacture entailed applying gold leaf and mercury to amalgam-gilded copper. A tombak ewer of almost identical form and decoration was sold in these rooms; see Sotheby’s London, 21 October 1993, lot 205.

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