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An Album of Ottoman Court Drawings (Kiyafet), Turkey, circa 1660
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186
An Album of Ottoman Court Drawings (Kiyafet), Turkey, circa 1660
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

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An Eye For Opulence- Art of the Ottoman Empire

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An Album of Ottoman Court Drawings (Kiyafet), Turkey, circa 1660
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, 70 leaves each with one a character drawing of an Ottoman notable, ruled in various colours and silver, most with identifying inscriptions beneath in Naskh script in black ink, in later leather binding with 'Costumes Ottomans' gilt stamped on the spine  
32 by 21cm.
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Catalogue Note

During the seventeenth century, albums depicting members of Ottoman society from all ranks and backgrounds were often commissioned by foreign visitors to the Empire as both touristic records of their travels, as well as informative tools for European governments. The existence of inscriptions beneath the paintings in Ottoman Turkish (and on one occasion, French) in the present album, identifying the characters bears out this hypothesis. Although they were often roughly drawn, they were accurate representations. A comparable album was in the collections of Jean pozzi and Edwin Binney III (see Binny 1979, pp.98-101, no.62).

An Eye For Opulence- Art of the Ottoman Empire

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London