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A NASRID BONE INLAID WOOD CHEST
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A NASRID BONE INLAID WOOD CHEST

SPAIN, 15TH CENTURY

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A NASRID BONE INLAID WOOD CHEST
SPAIN, 15TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form with hinged cover, the interior with tripartite suspended shelf, each surface of the exterior veneered in a variety of woods and bone with a lattice of micro-mosaic eight-pointed stars within a border of chequered lozenges, the interior of the lid with a concentric star motif within similar border, the interior of the base with a series of similar small stars and geometric piping, the bronze hinges with brackets to the interior issuing stylised palmettes, angular bronze handle, some losses
16¼ x 8½ x 5 7/8in. (41.1 x 21.6 x 14.9cm.)
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Lot Essay

A similar casket to ours can be found in the Archaeological Museum in Granada (Gabriele Crespi, L'Europe Musulmane, Milan, 1982). Both are of similar form with overhanging lid. The decoration is also close both in technique and material and in the overall outcome of a lattice of stellar motifs. However whilst ours has a stellar lattice where each star is formed of two interlocking squares forming eight-pointed stars, as is typical of Nasrid woodwork, the Granada example has more unusual stars formed of single and paired lozenges. For a discussion on this technique, and other examples of the stellar motif, please see the lot note to lot 162.

Another similar box sold in these Rooms, 17 April 2007, lot 62. In that example however, rather than an all-over stellar lattice such as on the present casket, the stellar lattices were included within panels. Another chest, similarly decorated, was sold in these Rooms, 23 April 2002, lot 36. Likewise, such panels are found in a larger example in the Archaeological Museum, Madrid (Leopoldo Torres Balbas, Ars Hispaniae, Arte Almohade, Arte Nazari, Arte Mudejar, Madrid, 1949, fig.243, p.222). The decoration of the present casket has a more open aesthetic to these examples.

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