During the 18th century various Ottoman provinces mainly in the city of Istanbul and other sites such as Kayseri, Damascus and other Greek and Armenian cities were producing various copper objects such as covered dishes and bowls, cup-stands and snuff boxes etc. and they were frequently gilded and decorated with additional polychrome enamelling.
Potentially the main high quality workshop in which European style of enamelware production took place was in the vicinity of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, therefore this type of European style of enamelware became well known as “Süleymaniye work”.
Then these objects reflected the growing desire within the higher Ottoman social circles to own and emulate European tableware.
This piece is distinctive for its lively yellow colour and potentially was emitting similar European enamelled metal work or porcelain which was mainly commissioned by the Ottoman elite and by the Ottoman Royal household in Istanbul and were produced at the major porcelain workshops in Europe such as in the cities on Meissen-Germany, Vienna-Austria and Paris-France.
Besides the main yellow enamelling on the outside of this object and the white enamelling of the inside parts of the burner, the exterior parts were decorated in gold with petal designs, leafy sprays and with the fish scale representing the fashions of the day, the burner is also attached by three copper-gilt chains linking to a suspension loop where the burner can easily be held or hang.