22 mars 2009

An Ottoman parcel-gilt and niello Hammam bowl, probably Bosnia, late 18th century

An Ottoman parcel-gilt and niello Hammam bowl, probably Bosnia, late 18th century of deep rounded form on a flat base and with a single curved lug handle, the exterior ribbed and incised with alternating panels of stylised floral and vegetal patterns in niello, the base with a foliate motif on a silver ground, the burnished interior left plain. 14.5cm. diam. Estimate 8,000—10,000 GBP NOTE: Objects made of precious metals were often made specifically for the Imperial court within the Ottoman Empire, and were exempted from... [Lire la suite]