This extremely elegant incense burner is very similar indeed to one sold in these Rooms 10 October 1989, lot 357 and now in the Khalili Collection (J. M. Rogers, Empire of the Sultans, Ottoman Art from the collection of Nasser D. Khalili, Geneva, 1995, no.118, pp.178-9). The similarity is such to make one believe that they could have been made as a pair, or certainly by the same craftsman. That example however lacks the three legs that are still retained here. That catalogue entry notes a similar example in the Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, dated to the 16th century. A further closely related example, with the three scrolling legs but lacking the central foot, is in the Sadberk Hanim museum, Istanbul, dated to the late 17th or early 18th century (Fulya Bodur, The Art of Turkish Metalworking, Istanbul, 1987, no.A.60, p.114).