AN OTTOMAN SULEYMANIYE-WARE ENAMELLED COFFEE POT, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY
decorated in polychrome enamels and gilding with floral bouquets, on a pale yellow ground, gilt-copper (tombak) rim mounts and foot
In good general condition, some very minor rubbing to surface as consistent with age and use, 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 present pot belongs to a group of Ottoman luxurious objects decorated in polychrome enamelling, a technique that flourished in Turkey in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They were produced in workshops located near the Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul and for that reason are known as ‘Suleymaniye-wares’ (Istanbul 1995, p.102-3). These objects reflect a growing desire in higher Ottoman social circles to own and emulate European tableware.