An Iranian Brass Samovar


Origin: Iran
Period: Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1910
Width: 27.5cms (with handles)
Height: 37cms
Diameter: 59cms

Iranian samovar in cylindrical form, with wooden fluted handles, sitting on four feet. This is an incomplete example but certainly an attractive one, the cylindrical body terminating in a pierced base of squares and capped with cover with steaming holes. The neck boasts a pebble rim and the handles finish in a fluted fashion. The Samovar is stamped with a makers mark, albeit rubbed, to it's top, which may well, be imperial. The faucet is slightly loose, but the ornately beautiful key more than makes up for this. A decorative item that would sit wonderfully well upon mantelpiece or fireplace.In Iran, samovars have been used at least for two centuries and electrical, oil-burning or natural gas-consuming samovars are still being used to this day.

Samovar is pronounced as samāvar in Persian and it was originally imported from Russia but Iranian craftsmen used Persian art to produce more artful samovars. The Iranian city of Borujerd has been the main centre of making samovars and a few workshops are still producing hand-made samovars.