Brass & Copper Teapot
This Bukharan-style brass teapot, of characteristic elongated form with a tear-shaped flattened body, is finely engraved with flowers, tendrils and leaf motifs. Each side is cast with a two-tiered almond-shaped lozenge, the centres of which are engraved with interlocking tendrils against a hatched background. The flared foot is engraved with a repeated floral band. The domed lid is decorated with panels of open work and is surmounted by a bud-like finial.
The ‘S’ shaped handle is in the form of a stylised makara with its mouth wide open as if trying to swallow the ewer.
The base is of copper, and has been folded up over the brass body. Elsewhere, copper rivets have been used to secure the handle and lid to the body.
The teapot originally was tinned and there are traces of tin here and there.
Overall, this is a fine example of Central Asian metalwork.
Kalter, J. and Pavaloi, M., Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road, Thames & Hudson, 1997.
UK art market
Inventory no.: 1698