This tazza (footed charger) is a marvelous example of beautifully worked persian silver. The decoration is very detailed and of islamic type stylized flowers and scrollwork with a center medallion - looking a lot like an oriental rug!
Looking at the closeup photos you can see the hand stippling and chased work that went into the design.
As you will see from the last photo, the tazza bears hallmarks in what appears to be arabic characters. I believe this tazza to be from Persia (Iran). Geographically, Iran and Turkey border Armenia and the type of decoration on this tazza is often found in decorative arts in any of those 3 countries. If I knew how to decipher the hallmarks the exact country of origin could probably be determined.
As an aside, a reader recently wrote to me saying that the characters translate to the silver content of 84% silver contents further saying that persian silver was not made in sterling content of 92.5% or better. This in spite of the fact that acid testing the silver showed that it had a high silver content of at least 92.5%.
It weighs approximately 19 ounces (539 grams) and measures 11 3/4" in diameter and about 2 1/2" high. It is in excellent condition. There is a lovely aged patina to it.
While the top surface was relatively easy to polish by hand, the base was more difficult and could probably benefit from a professional buffing to eliminate many years of tarnish that has accumulated.
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