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Brass & Copper Teapot
Kokand or Bukhara, Central Asia
19th century

height: 33.5cm

This impressive, well sculptured ewer was made to serve tea rather than coffee in the region of Bukhara or Kokand in Central Asia. It is of brass with copper
detailing, providing a pleasing contrast between the two metals.

The body is engraved with bands of interlocking scrolling flower and leaf motifs. There is a central raised tear-drop cartouche engraved with flowers and
tendrils that is reminiscent of traditional Timurid designs. The lid is high with six sides that rise to a lotus bid finial.

The flared foot is also engraved; the edge is wrapped in copper.

The handle departs from the classic 'S' shape, with cast scrolls and flourishes, and appears to be based on a stylised
makara with jaws gaping; the bottom jaw
being attached to the neck of the tea pot and the upper jaw attaching to the lid. The rivets used to attach the handle to the flange of the lid appear as eyes for
the
makara.

The teapot is in excellent condition.

References:
Kalter, J. and Pavaloi, M.,
Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 2742

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