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 an Ebony Bowl and a Relief Carved Coral and Ebony Stem Surmounted by a Large Red Coral Branch Finial
Late 18th Century

Size: 25.5cm long, 5cm wide – 10 ins long, 2 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
Topkapi Palace formed the centre of the Ottoman world. For almost four centuries the palace patronised the fine arts producing textiles, jewels, carpets, calligraphy, arms and armour, manuscripts and bookbinding. The palace servants and concubines were recruited from far-flung provinces of the empire and the Ottoman rulers also had a penchant for precious stones and exotic materials and these also imported from distant shores were then used to achieve the most magnificent result possible in the palace workshops. For wealthy Europeans these luxury goods became status symbols whilst in the early 1800’s, from London to Paris, it became the height of fashion to dress ‘à la Turca’.
Coral, Ebony
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