A KUTAHYA BLUE AND WHITE POTTERY EWER WITH TOMBAK LID, TURKEY, 18TH CENTURY
the bulbous body leading to a sinuous neck, on a short foot, twisted S-shaped handle, the hinged lid with metal mounts and tombak finial, the body painted in blue on a white ground with an allover design of composite floral motifs, the lid including mauve details
Intact, some pitting to glaze and hairline cracks, metal and tombak mounts on lid probably later additions, interior of lid with some discoloration, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
The eighteenth century was the period in which Chinese porcelain was imported into the Ottoman Empire in greater numbers to supply the demand from a burgeoning mercantile class. Its popularity spawned imitations as can be seen in much of the Kutahya pottery produced in this century. The unusual handle on this jug imitates the form of a twisted rope, an early and basic mode of applying a handle. This is contrasted with the luxurious association to Chinese wares. The lid features a tombak finial.