Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
These lots have been imported from outside the EU or, if the UK has withdrawn from the EU without an agreed transition deal, from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime.
Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.
The following three lots demonstrate the fine use of coral and turquoise in everyday objects, including arms and armour in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th century. Coral, which symbolises immortality and wisdom and was believed to reduce fear and stress, and turquoise, which symbolises victory, were a perfect match for such objects, visually and symbolically. These stones were richly available within the Ottoman Empire as a result of their rich coral reefs and local and imported turquoise from Iran.