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A European porcelain covered jug (Asurelik) for the Ottoman market with Tughra of Abdülmecid (r.1839-1861)

of baluster form, with elaborate gilt-scroll handle, finely painted with summer flowers within two roundels, rose-pink ground between gilt rims, lid with swan finial, front roundel issuing foliate sprays containing the gilded tughra  44.5cm. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBP

NOTE: A pair of comparable asureliks (from Sévres) which also bear the tughra of Sultan Abdülmecid can be found in the Dolmabahçe Palace (see Dolmabahce Sarayi, [Ed. Cemal Oztas], Istanbul, 2005, pp.44-45).

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