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AN OTTOMAN TOMBAK HANGING LAMP, TURKEY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 GBP

AN OTTOMAN TOMBAK HANGING LAMP, TURKEY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

AN OTTOMAN TOMBAK HANGING LAMP, TURKEY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 GBP

AN OTTOMAN TOMBAK HANGING LAMP, TURKEY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY


the gilt-copper body moulded, hammered and chiselled, the shoulder with three foliate suspension loops each with a suspension chain linked to a leafy tip terminating in a S-shaped hook, decorated with swirling foliate vines and openwork leafy details near edge


69.5cm. height; 22.1cm. diam. 

Minor dents in body, some slight oxidisation, hanging chains possiby later replacements, 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.

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Unlike the glass lamps this metal lamp would have given off little light apart from the shadows cast through its openwork base. As with the Iznik lamps of the sixteenth-century their function was symbolic rather than as a source of light. It has been suggested that they were also used as an acoustic device; hung near the place where prayers were read, helping dampen the echo by allowing the voice of the reader to bounce off them (Atasoy and Raby 1989, p.41).