A MAMLUK-STYLE ENAMELLED AND GILDED MANGANESE GLASS MOSQUE LAMP
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A MAMLUK-STYLE ENAMELLED AND GILDED MANGANESE GLASS MOSQUE LAMP

PROBABLY FRANCE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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A MAMLUK-STYLE ENAMELLED AND GILDED MANGANESE GLASS MOSQUE LAMP
Probably France, second half 19th Century
Of typical form, the rounded body with long sloping shoulder and high flaring conical mouth on short foot, three applied loop handles around the body, the body decorated with white enamel outlines delineating panels containing gilt and red birds around inscription cartouches flanked by fleur-de-lys panels, a band of flowering vine above and below, the underside with fleur-de-lys roundels on a ground of bird panels all delineated within white strapwork borders, the mouth with similar decoration, the fleur-de-lys roundels dividing lotus flower larger roundels alternating with similar roundels containing short inscriptions, the interior of the mouth lightly frosted, (gilding slightly rubbed)
8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high
Provenance
As lot 1.
Rothschild inv. no(s). not known.
Literature
C. J. Lamm, Mittelalterliche Gläser und Steinschnittarbeiten aus dem Nahen Osten, Berlin, 1929-30, Vol. I, p. 436, no. 33, Vol. II, pl. 191.2.
G. Wiet, Catalogue général du musée arabe du Caire, Lampes et bouteilles en verre émaillé, Cairo, 1929, p. 182, no. G.
Exhibited
Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, G. Migeon, Exposition des arts musulmans, 1903, illustrated in the Album, pl. 65 (right), 'Syria XIV-XV century'.
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Lot Essay

The three inscription cartouches around the body each read, with slight errors and variations: :
Mimma 'umila bi-rasm al-'ali al-mawlawi al-'ali al-amir al-'alim (That which was made for his highness, our Lord, the great emir, the wise).

Each inscription in the roundels around the mouth repeats the word al-'alim (the wise [one]).

A very similar blue glass lamp, formerly in the Mannheim Collection, Paris and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which, like the present example, contains all the decoration within white outlines, forming panels of dense floral designs around inscription cartouches, is illustrated by G. Schmoranz (Old oriental gilt and enamelled glass vessels, London, 1899, pl. XXVIII). Catalogued then as original, it is now thought to be a product of the 19th Century (M. S. Newby, 'The Cavour Vase and gilt and enamelled Mamluk coloured glass', in R. Ward (ed.), Gilded and Enamelled Glass from the Middle East, London, 1998, p. 37). The links in design of the present lamp with those in lots 11 and 14, together with the links to the Mannheim Collection of this and lot 14, indicate that all three were the product of the same manufactory in Paris. Please see also the note to lot 14.
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