This short article is devoted to the description of the fabrication techniques of a silver tea service offered in 1316/1898 by the Emir of Bukhara Sayyid Mir ‘Abd al-Ahad Khan (r. 1885-1910) allegedly to the Azerbaijani tycoon Hajji Zayn al-‘Abidin Taqi-ughli Taqiyyeff [Tagiev, 1838-1924], now preserved in the National Historical Museum of Azerbaijan in Baku. Not documented by any primary source, the offering of the service to Tagiev is deduced from testimonies by contemporaries on the tight relations between the Emir and the oil magnate, and the frequent visits of the former to the latter on his way to varied Caucasus spas. This is the pretext for the author to develop on the relations between the court of Bukhara and the Muslim economic milieus of Baku at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and on their exchanges of presents and decorations (notably through the recent works of historian E. Ismailov).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.4.C-287