Large Copper & Brass Teapot with Open-work
early 19th century
This brass teapot of a form typical of teapots that originate in Bukhara and Samarkand is beautifully engraved with typically Islamic scrolling vegetal motifs. (See the other images below.)
The body is engraved with bands of scrolling flowers and leaf motifs, the base being cast with central concentric almond-shaped lozenges either side, which also are engraved. The flared foot is also engraved. The concave base is of hammered copper sheet.
The ‘S’ shaped handle terminates with a tulip-shaped finial; the open-work cover terminates with a lotus bud finial.
The bigger body and neck of this example gives the overall ewer a more balanced appearance than many extant examples of such Bukharan teapots. Over all, an exceptional example of Central Asian metalwork, in excellent condition and with a beautiful, soft patina.
similar teapots are illustrated in Kalter, J. and Pavaloi, M.,
Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road, Thames & Hudson, 1997, p. 315, 321.
Inventory no.: 689