Ottoman-Armenian Artifacts, A Very Fine Close Pair of Parcel-Gilt Silver Rose Water Sprinklers (Gulabdan) Mounted With Filigree Silver Intricate Work & Enameled Plaques, The Sprinklers Finials Are Mounted With Polished Corals in the Form of A Tulip Flower Heads, Arminian Silversmith Masters Working in the Ottoman Empire, Probably-Turkey, Circa Late 18th. Early 19th. Century.
Generally the Body of both sprinklers are constructed with two layers of silver, the inner plane heavily-gilt silver part and the beautiful visible and much sophisticated and intricate exterior part which is made of both fine parcel-gilt filigree silver work applied with various enamelled silver plaques or cartouches.
The sprinkler bases are constructed of short cusped round shaped form rising through a bulbous body with stepped shoulder and faceted necks.
The rose waters finials are beautifully constructed in the form of tulips holding a finely carved and polished coral, the central part of the coral is pierced and lined with silver tubes to allow the exit of the fluid, the coral terminals are potentially representing the tulip’s buds.
The body of both sprinklers is decorated with applied enamelled palmette shaped plaques or in the form of enamelled studs and floral motifs.