22 mars 2009

A Rare Ottoman Yildiz Palace-ware mother-of-pearl inlaid wooden scribe's box, period of Abdülhamid II, circa 1900

A Rare Ottoman Yildiz Palace-ware mother-of-pearl inlaid wooden scribe's box, period of Abdülhamid II, circa 1900 of rectangular form with a sloping hinged lid, the top surface and sides decorated with fleshy mother-of-pearl inlaid interlacing vegetal motifs, comprising palmettes and split-palmettes, the borders with micro-mosaic stained-wood inlay in chevron and parquetry designs, the interior lined with purple velvet. 61 by 40.5cm. Estimate 15,000—20,000 GBP NOTE: The Yildiz Palace in Istanbul, the main residence of... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

A Royal Collection of Nine Ottoman Amber Mouthpieces, Turkey, 19th century

A Royal Collection of Nine Ottoman Amber Mouthpieces, Turkey, 19th century each of characteristic tapered and waisted form, the amber varying in tone from dark red to a lighter orange, three with gold-overlaid floral motifs around decorating the mid-section, one elongated with enamel and gold-inlay, one with a gilt band carved with foliate motifs and set with coloured gems and turquoise, another with a thin gem-set metal band, mounted within an Italian fruitwood frame carved with masonic symbols. 26cm. max. Estimate... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2009

A fine Ottoman gold-inlaid jade plaque, Turkey, 16th century

A fine Ottoman gold-inlaid jade plaque, Turkey, 16th century of octagonal form incised with an arabesque of scrolling tendrils issuing split and full palmettes radiating from a central floral medallion, inlaid with gold. 7.2 by 5.6cm. Estimate 15,000—20,000 GBP NOTE: This delicately carved and inlaid plaque possesses the distinctive unfurling leaves and buds so typical of what can be called the i'nternational Timurid style'. Parallels may be found in the intricate inlay work of the late Timurid metalwork from the reign of... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A Mamluk blue and white pottery bowl, Syria, 14th-15th century

A Mamluk blue and white pottery bowl, Syria, 14th-15th century of deep rounded form with slightly inverted rim, on a short foot decorated in cobalt blue under a transparent glittering glaze, outlined in black, with a central bisected hexagon enclosing two large foliate motifs on a blue ground further enclosed by circular bands containing geometric and cross-hatched patterns, the rim with a dotted design, the exterior with a pattern of spiralling motifs. 24cm. diam. Estimate 7,000—9,000 GBP NOTE: The body is typically Syrian:... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A Mamluk blue and white ceramic pot, Syria, late 14th-15th century

A Mamluk blue and white ceramic pot, Syria, late 14th-15th century of slightly waisted cylindrical form with everted rim, on short foot, with curved handle running from body to mouth, decorated in blue and white with continuous band of scrolling chevrons set against a background of geometric decoration. Estimate 5,000—7,000 GBP NOTE: inscriptions repetition of:'al-izz wa al-iqbal' The present piece belongs to a group of closed shape Syrian and Damascan pots which share the same distinct concave cylindrical form. It is... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

Two rare jade or hardstone-inlaid gold filigree dress ornaments, Golden Horde, 13-14th century

Two rare jade or hardstone-inlaid gold filigree dress ornaments, Golden Horde, 13-14th century each of lobed cartouche form, comprising minute scrolling vines in finely executed gold filigree, set with five circular discs of jade or hardstone. 3.3 by 2.7cm. Estimate 20,000—25,000 GBP NOTE: Similar examples can be found in the State Hemitage Museum, St Petersburg (see The Treasures of the Golden Horde 2000, p.119, cat. 156-164). Although the pieces in the museum are inlaid with pearls it seems that they may once have been... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A fine Kashan Minai pottery bowl, Persia, 12th-13th century

A fine Kashan Minai pottery bowl, Persia, 12th-13th century of deep rounded form on a short foot and with a slightly everted rim, decorated in underglaze and overglaze cobalt blue, turquoise, red and shades of tea rose, outlined in black, with a central scene depicting a horse-rider bowing before a female figure standing atop a stylised tower, surrounded by human and animal figures and adorned with curving floral motifs, enclosed by a calligraphic band in kufic script, the rim with a geometric design, the exterior with a... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A Kashan turquoise-glazed moulded bottle vase, Persia, 12th century

A Kashan turquoise-glazed moulded bottle vase, Persia, 12th century the frit body of baluster form with a compressed globular base resting on a short foot, the narrow tapering ribbed neck joined to a wide flaring fluted mouth of tulip form, decorated in turquoise glaze with a moulded calligraphic design on the curving shoulder. 21.4cm. height. 21.4cm. height. Estimate 6,000—8,000 GBP NOTE: inscriptionsbaraka wa yumn wa sur[ur wa] surur wa sa'ada'Blessing and Good-Fortune and Joy and Joy and Happiness' Sotheby's. Arts of... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A rare Nishapur slip-painted bowl, Central Asia, 8th/9th century

A rare Nishapur slip-painted bowl, Central Asia, 8th/9th century of shallow rounded form with everted rim on a short foot, painted in ochre slip on cream slip ground, outlines in brown, with central palmette and instrument motifs, the cavetto with kufic inscription, the reverse with four rings and a splashed decorative pattern throughout. 21.7cm. diam. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP NOTE: inscriptionsal-'ilm ashraf al-a[hsab wa al-muru]wa ashbak [al-ansab]'Knowledge is the most noble of [all] values and chivalry the most... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A cut-glass bowl with hare decoration, probably Persia, 9th-10th century

A cut-glass bowl with hare decoration, probably Persia, 9th-10th century of deeply rounded hemispherical form with slightly flared sides, on a small short foot, the exterior decorated with five relief-cut hares in running posture, within two thin raised bands encircling the waist. 12cm. diam. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP NOTE : The ninth and tenth centuries saw cut glass become the most prominent form of decoration on various containers such as beakers, goblets and bowls, created by the use of either metal or wooden wheels or... [Lire la suite]