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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 144

    AN OTTOMAN HARDSTONE AND INSET SILVER CASKET

    TURKEY, 16/17TH CENTURY

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    AN OTTOMAN HARDSTONE AND INSET SILVER CASKET
    TURKEY, 16/17TH CENTURY
    Of octagonal cylindrical form on four applied cusped feet with seperate hinged domed lid, the top of the lid formed of a single green nephrite panel with central pierced flowerhead and cusped edges, the rest of the gilt surfaces with central applied nephrite panels of different forms, inset with silver tendrils linking inset stones including foil-backed rubies and emeralds, the areas around these panels similarly and densely inset with stones, old owner's label on the bottom, some losses in the gilding and stones
    5 1/8in. (12.7cm.) diam.


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    The inset hardstone elements of this box relate closely to panels used both on jewellery (a bracelet was sold in these Rooms 16 October 2001, lot 262, and another is in Frankfurt - see Türkische Kunst und Kultur aus osmanischer Zeit, exhibition catalogue, Frankfurt, 1985, no. 7/4, vol. 1, p. 125 and vol. 2, p. 308), weapons and saddlery (op. cit., vol. 2, p. 368 and Garo Kürkman, Ottoman Silver Marks, Istanbul, 1996, p. 136-37). The dagger and saddle published in Kürkman are both marked with the tughra of Murad IV (1623-40 AD), suggesting a similar date for the elements of the present box.

    In his book The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Esin Atil describes the Ottoman taste of the period as showing a strong preference for bold red, green and bluish-green stones with a mind to creating a coloristic effect unconcerned by the physical perfection of the gemstones (Atil, The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, New York, 1988, p. 118). The brilliant and colourful effect produced in a sense echoes the contemporaneous taste in manuscript illumination.

    A box with similar jade and hardstone panels was in these Rooms, 4 April 2006, lot 119.

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