• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 84

    A MAMLUK BRASS BOWL IN THE NAME OF SULTAN AL-MALIK AL-SALIH ISMA'IL

    EGYPT, 1342-1345 AD

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MAMLUK BRASS BOWL IN THE NAME OF SULTAN AL-MALIK AL-SALIH ISMA'IL
    EGYPT, 1342-1345 AD
    With rounded base and sloping inverted sides leading to a thickened rim, the shoulder engraved with a band of thick thulth inscription giving the names and titles of Sultan al-Malik al-Salih Isma'il on a foliate ground divided by four roundels, two with floral motifs surrounding minor inscription circles and two with radiating inscription originating from similar inscription circles, small repairs, rubbed, no inlay remaining
    14 5/8in. (37cm.) diam.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The inscription reads:
    'izz li-mawlana al-sultan al-malik al-salih al-'a , lim al-'amil al-ghazi al-mujahid al-murabit al-muthaghir , al-mu'ayyad al-muzaffar al-munawwar sultan al-islam wa al-muslimin , qatil al-kafara wa al-mushrikin 'imad al-dunya wa al-din[ibn] isma'il (Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, al-Malik al-Salih, the Learned, the Diligent, the Conqueror, the Defender, the Protector of Frontiers, the Supported (by God), the Triumphant, the Enlightened, the Sultan of Islam and the Muslims, the Slayer of Infidels and Unbelievers, the Pillar of the World and Religion ('Imad al-Din) son of Isma'il).

    In the roundels:
    'izz li-mawlana al-sultan al-malik al-salih al-'alim al-'amil al-'adil al-mujahid (Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, al-Malik al-Salih, the Learned, the Diligent, the Just, the Defender).

    There is also the name of a later owner in tughra form as: "Its owner Fatima daughter of Nasir ibn 'Abd al-Rabb"

    Al-Malik al-Salih 'Imad al-Din [Abu'l- Fida] Isma'il was the son of al-Malik Nasir al-Din Muhammad Ibn Qalawun. He came to power on 22 Muharram 743 (12 June 1342) and died on 4 Rabi' II 746 (3 August 1345), at the age of twenty (L. A. Mayer, Saracenic Heraldry, Oxford, 1999, pp. 126-7).

    This is the only known bowl with the name of Sultan al-Malik al-Salih Isma'il. Wiet writes of a number of other objects which bear his name including the body of a bottle in the Acheroff Collection (M. Gaston Wiet, Catalogue Général du Musée Arabe du Caire, Objets en Cuivre, Cairo, 1982, no.218, p.209), a plate in the Islamic Museum in Cairo (no. 9009, Wiet, op. cit., no. 217, p. 208), a candlestick in the Hariri collection which also bears the name of al-Malik Nasir Muhammad (no.40, Wiet, op. cit., p.10), and a cylindrical box in the Hariri collection (no.119, Wiet, op. cit., p.79).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.