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Ottoman Silver Coffee Pot with Coral

Ottoman empire, probably Algeria
19th century

height: 17.3cm, weight: 302g



UK art market

This coffee pot is made of solid silver. It sits on a flat bottom, and has a waisted, baluster form; an angular, faceted spout; a hinged lid with a high dome, and a plain, handle.

The lower base of the coffee put is chased with rococo-inspired leafy scrolls and flowers. The upper part is chased with a border of leafy petals. The lid is also chased with leaf-like decoration.

The lid finial is decorated with six suspended coral cabochons.

The form is typically Ottoman, although in turn, this form seems based on earlier European porcelain prototypes.

The use of coral in the decoration is suggestive of Algerian provenance, Algeria being part of the Ottoman empire.

There are no assay or maker’s marks.

The coffee pot is in fine condition. It has obvious age. There are no losses or dents.


Garnier, N., et al, ABD El-Kader et l’Algerie au XIXe Siecle dans les Collections du Musee Conde a Chantilly, Somogy Editions d’Art, 2003.

Rogers, J.M., Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Collection of Nasser D. Khalili, Musee d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, 1995.

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