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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 149

    AN OTTOMAN PAINTED WOOD CEILING

    TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY

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    AN OTTOMAN PAINTED WOOD CEILING
    TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY
    Of hexagonal form, the main panel composed of a series of polygonal panels assembled to form a geometric design based around a central stellar form surrounded by six further smaller stars and part-stellar motifs emerging from each corner, each of these with raised white-painted boss, each of the polygonal panels painted in polychrome and gilt with a floral spray, the border slightly raised, some losses in paint
    37in. (94.1cm.) across


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    In its general aesthetic and composition (but for further hexagons where the present has small stars with raised central bosses) our ceiling is similar to 17th century example in a house in the Muradiyye in Bursa, which Aslanapa refers to as one of the finest examples of wood carving of the Ottoman period (Oktay Aslanapa, Turkish Art and Architecture, London, 1971, pl. 249, p. 331). Another very similar hexagonal ceiling sold at Sotheby's, 9 April 2008, lot 299.

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