PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT MY OTHER ITEMS FOR MORE MIDDLE EASTERN / ISLAMIC ITEMS. For sale we have this extremely fine quality, breathtaking antique Islamic Damascus ewer and basin set.The ewer and basin date from late 1800's - around 1890 or so. Ewer and basins would have typically been used to wash hand before / after a meal. Some examples like this set were decorated with magnificent inlay work and would have typically been owned by more wealthy individuals. The ewer has a beautiful shape resembling ewers from the Mughul era dating from the 17th century, with it's bulbous body, crescent shaped top and the faceted neck.
The basin has a very elegant shape. It is is not short and wide like most basins, instead it has a greater height with a more modest diameter. The ewer and basin have both been beautifully inlaid with silver and copper. The basin has been adorned with extremely fine Arabic calligraphic script. There are a four calligraphic panels on the surface of the basin.
Each panel has two line (arranged over two rows). The quality is simply breathtaking - no other way to describe it. The calligraphy panels have been divided by very intricate arabesque panels which have a geometric interlocking design, finished to a very arabesque design. The outer edge has been completed with floral and further interlocking detailing.
The body of the basin has been inlaid with further panels of script, within silver inlaid frame, complemented by copper inlaid detailing. There is exceptional hand chasing all over the basin. The ewer has been completed with a similar design with lots of calligraphic script as well as arabesque and geometric detailing, all completed with silver and copper inlay to the finest standard. One thing to note is the beautiful Crescent Moon and Star motif in the centre of the bulbous body.This may suggest it was specially commissioned for the Turkish Ottoman market. This is certainly one of the finest ewer and basin sets you will come across. A genuine 19th century set worthy to be displayed in a Museum of Islamic art! The diameter of the basin is 27cm = 10.6 inches. The height of the basin is 14.5cm = 5.7 inches. The height of the ewer is 30.5cm = 12 inches. The ewer and basin are both in very good condition. Some very minor losses in tiny areas, but overall excellent condition! Please see the photos shown above. The item "19th C ANTIQUE ISLAMIC DAMASCUS CAIROWARE OTTOMAN SILVER INLAID BRASS EWER BASIN" is in sale since Monday, September 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Islamic/Middle Eastern".
The seller is "ameer1990" and is located in Stanmore, Middlesex. This item can be shipped worldwide.