An inscription in Greek records that this ewer was made for Thomas Cantacuzene, protspatharios (chief guardsman) in 1707. He would have been part of the class of Greek aristocrats known as Phanariots who remained powerful in Istanbul society during the Ottoman period.
Inscription: In Greek: "Thomas Cantacuzene, Protspatharios, A.D. 1707." (Trans. Prof. Romily Jenkins)
Alexander W. Drake, New York (until 1907; his sale, American Art Galleries,New York, February 25–28, March 1–2, 1907, lot 407, to MMA)