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Ottoman Repoussed Silver Dish with Tugra

Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century

diameter: 20cm, height: 5cm, weight: 336g

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Provenance

UK art market

This decorative shallow serving dish is of high-grade silver that has been cast and repoussed with berry and strawberry motifs. (Strawberries are a favourite motif of Ottoman silversmiths.)

The entire dish is in the shape of a leaf – perhaps a grapevine leaf – with serrated edges. The stem pf the leaf is pierced and decorated with a strawberry and a ribbon.

The centre of the interior base has been stamped with a tugra (the symbol of the reigning sultan used as a local silver control mark.)

The dish is without repairs and in excellent condition. The dish is finer and more ‘silvery’ than suggested by the photographs.

References

Pitarakis, B., & C. Merantzas, A Treasured Memory: Ecclesiastical Silver from Late Ottoman Istanbul in the Sevgi Gonul Collection, Sadberk Hanim Muzesi, 2006.

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