THREE OTTOMAN CAST BRASS HANDLE FITTINGS

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THREE OTTOMAN CAST BRASS HANDLE FITTINGS
TURKEY, EARLY 16TH CENTURY

Probably originally from window shutters, each of hemispherical domed form rising from a flat baseplate extending above and below into plamette pendants, the dome cast with interlaced 'rumi' arabesques around a central rosette, the dome ringed by a separately fashioned ring handle with stylised dragon-head terminals, together with THREE ASSOCIATED CAST BRASS STUDS, each with a six-pointed star issuing six palmettes together forming a pierced rosette, slight rubbing and corrosion
handle fittings 4½in. (11.3cm.) high (6)

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Similar door studs have been published in Rogers, M., Empire of the Sultans, Ottoman Art from the Collection of Nasser D. Khalili, Geneva 1995, p. 41, cat. no. 9. These are of cast brass and gilt. They appear to be fastenings from a door or window shutter.

The central design comprises a six-petalled rosette. A very closely related example can be found in the centre of a parcel-gilt bowl in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington (inv. no. 1987.13; Atasoy, N. and Raby, J., Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, p. 80, no. 62). The palmette leaves compare with those used on blue and white 'Baba Nakkas' Iznik wares of the late 15th and early 16th century, for example on a basin in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Atasoy and Raby: op.cit., pls.122 b/w, and 303 col.). Another similar is a charger dated to ca. 1480 in the Haags Gemeente Museum, The Hague (inv. no. OC I 6-36; Atasoy and Raby, op.cit., p.78, no. 67).
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