Turkic metal artwork dates back to the 3rd century BCE in Turkistan / Central Asia. A silver tray and a candle stick dated 1137 go back to the early Seljuk era in Anatolia. Both pieces are on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Metal artwork reached its peak in the Ottoman Empire with the manufacture of objects such as military swords, helmets, armor, daggers and scimitars. The process started with copper and iron being heated and beaten with a hammer, and forged into convenient shapes called ingots for storage. Later a metal artist would transform these ingots into the object that the market required.
By the 15th century, the Ottomans became a world power. After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and the Balkan countries, which were rich in gold and silver, the Ottomans established a new era in metalworking.
The reputation of Mamluk Turkic metal artwork came from oil lamps found in mosques and imperial palaces. Countless examples of such lamps, decorated in openwork with Rumî and Hatayî motifs have survived from the late 15th century. Candlesticks also became important items among the metalwork of the time. This tradition survived up until the late 20th century. Most of the metal artwork pieces we present are from the late 18th century up to the end of the 19th century. We try here to best describe every item with regard to its history, condition and origin.
All items are packed securely so that no damage will occur during shipping. It is always very satisfying and enjoyable to collect such unique artwork and live with it around us. We have built up our collection of metal artwork over many years. Now we want you to find a friend among these objects as we free them for new adventures.