Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon
Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon
Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon
Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon
Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon

Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon

1700 to 1900 Turkey

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A Fine Ottoman Turkish Sherbet Spoon with a Tortoiseshell Bowl and a Carved Coral Stem Surmounted with a Large Branched Red Coral Finial
Late 18th Century

Size: 26.5cm long, 12cm wide – 10½ ins long, 4¾ ins wide
Provenance: From the Collection of Field Marshall Horatio Kitchener of Khartoum 1st Earl Kitchener 1850 – 1916
Thence by descent
The majority of the ‘Lord Kitchener of Khartoum’ collection was auctioned in 1938. However, some 70 years later the family found several items laying forgotten in a cellar.
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 13, item no. 34, for a collection of sixteen, and catalogue no. 15, item no. 34, for three other examples
cf: Topkapi the Treasury, 1987, J M Rogers, 114b for three very similar examples
Exotic and beautiful materials were sourced to make these spoons that the ladies of the harem at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul used when sharing their communal compotes of soaked dried fruit known as ‘Hosaf’. Sweet treats such as this cold fruit sherbet were part of daily life at the court of the Ottomans.
Medium
Coral, Tortoiseshell
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