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TOMBAKS
Tombaklama is a type of gold-plating technique applied to copper and copper alloys using an amalgam of gold and mercury. Pieces gilded by this technique are called 'tombak'. The origins of 'tombak' go back to ancient times; this was a widespread craft in Turkey, practised by the Seljuks and Byzantines, but its loveliest pieces were made by the Ottomans. The finest craftsmen were employed by the Palace workshops, but because of the toxic effects of the evaporating mercury the tombaklama process itself was carried out by prisoners. Outstanding works of art were produced not only for use in the Palace, but also as wedding gifts or as part of the trousseaux of the royal princesses and Palace ladies upon their marriage. It was traditional for Turkish families to prepare a trousseau of 200 pieces of copperware for a newborn daughter, and for the wealthy classes these would include tombak. The samples shown hereafter are made by modern techniques which do not endanger the health of our craftsmen.

TOM/000
Early 19th century-style Tombak bowl

1250 USD

TOM/002
Early 19th century-style Tombak bowl

only by order


TOM/003
Incense-burner, circa 1800 style

only by order

TOM/004
Ottoman-style Candlesticks

only by order(pair)


TOM/006
19th century-style Tombak helmet

only by order

TOM/008
Crescent-moon Finial

only by order


TOM/016
Ottoman-style 'Hamam' Bowl

only by order

TOM/015
Tombak Dish with stylized flower chain

only by order


TOM/014
Fruit-and-flower Tombak Dish

only by order

TOM/005
Horse Chanfron

950 USD

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