Canakkale Pottery, An Extremely Rare Pair of Ottoman Yellow Underglaze polychromed Canakkale Pottery Ewers With Stylised Bird Heads, Turkey, Circa 19th Century.

Identification Number: 104


Of a bulbous body form with a long neck, the top of each ewer is shaped as a stylised bird’s head with a very unusual spout that is formed as a large wide-open beak. A hollow triangular shape opens at the back of each bird head, which allows liquid to be filled into the ceramic ewer. There are two applied eye-like rosettes in reliefs on both sides of the bird head. In one ewer there are two twisted braid-shaped reliefs springing up from the floral rosettes joined at the top forming the bird crown or cockscomb like motif. The second ewer top is decorated with additional pair of spiral curves and each ewer is provided with a single handle attached to the back. The front neck and body of each ewer is also decorated with very elegant additional applied rosettes, and a blossoming plant at the centre of one ewer and a wreath hanging on top of a lidded vase or urn on the other. The ceramic ewers are made of red earthenware with a white slip to the base and a yellow glaze with splashes of green. Both ewers also contain additional over the glaze painted decoration depicting two fully blossoming tulips.
For a similar example please see lots, 117, 118, 119, 120 & 121 on pages 88, 89 & 90, Canakkale Ceramics, he Suna And Ian Kirac Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute, Istanbul-1996.

Condition: one in perfect condition and the other had been broken and restored, chips and paint loss.

Dimensions: 36 cm high & 34 cm high

Body dimension: 17.5 cm