A fine polychrome Ormolu-mounted bowl and cover for the Ottoman market, probably Swiss, 19th century

of deep rounded form with a domed cover, decorated with naturalistic flowers on a blue enamelled ground with ormolu feet and lid finial, with pearl string ornamentation. 18.5cm. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBP

NOTE: A further covered bowl similar to this example (also probably Swiss) is present in the treasury of the Topkapi Saray Museum (see Rogers [Ed.] 1998, p.204, pl.102).

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World. 01 Apr 09. London www.sothebys.com photo courtesy Sotheby's