A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS CAIROWARE BOX (SUNDUQ)
A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS CAIROWARE BOX (SUNDUQ)
A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS CAIROWARE BOX (SUNDUQ)
A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS CAIROWARE BOX (SUNDUQ)
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A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS CAIROWARE BOX (SUNDUQ)

POSSIBLY WORKSHOP OF GIUSEPPE PARVIS (D. 1909), CAIRO, EGYPT, 19TH CENTURY

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A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRASS CAIROWARE BOX (SUNDUQ)
POSSIBLY WORKSHOP OF GIUSEPPE PARVIS (D. 1909), CAIRO, EGYPT, 19TH CENTURY
The body decorated with verses from the Qur'an in thuluth against a swirling vegetal ground, within foliate borders, the chamfered sides of the lid similarly decorated, the top panel with a central calligraphic roundel surrounded by foliate arabesques and an outer band of naskh, the hinged cover with a latch on the front, on four cylindrical feet, the interior divided into two sections and lined with red velvet, one hinge broken
6 ½ x 8 x 8in. (16.5 x 20.3 x 20.3cm.)

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Giuseppe Parvis (d. 1909) was an Italian cabinetmaker whose workshop was commissioned by Khedive Isma’il to make objets d’art based on Mamluk examples in the Dar al-Athar al-Arabiyya to display at world fairs. An example in the Khalili collection closely comparable to the present box contains a note written in 1907 saying that it was ‘the beautiful workmanship of Mr. Parviss of Cairo’ (S. Vernoit, Occidentalism, Oxford, 1997, p. 230). Another sunduq box from this workshop can be seen in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.73.41). Similar sunduqs, also attributable to Parvis, sold in these Rooms, 7 April 2011, lot 407, and 24 November 1987, lot 113.

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