Description This nargile, or water pipe, incorporates a Chinese blue and white vessel. In 1903 Henry Walters traveled to Istanbul on board his steamyacht, Narada. Here he bought over 20 items decorated with gilding and jewels from the dealer R. S. Pardo. These purchases were detailed in a handwritten book presented by Pardo to Henry. The title in gold on the cover reads: "Description of Mr. Henry Walters' Collection of Oriental Royal Arms etc." The text gives descriptions of the techniques used in the objects' manufacture and their historical and cultural significance, including their royal and noble provenance. This nargile is listed by Pardo as coming from the collection of the Turkish ambassador to the court of the Shah.
- Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance R. S. Pardo, Constantinople; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903
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