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Two Veneto-Saracenic brass dishes, Egypt or Syria, 15th century

 
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15,00025,000
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232
Two Veneto-Saracenic brass dishes, Egypt or Syria, 15th century

 
Estimate
15,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Two Veneto-Saracenic brass dishes, Egypt or Syria, 15th century

 
both of shallow rounded form with everted, flat rims, profusely decorated interior surfaces with engraved designs of split-palmettes, entwined arabesques and knotted ropework, the underside of larger example with engraved arabesque medallions, suspension loop on underside and old collector's number inked 'R547', the smaller example with plain exterior
Quantity: 2
55.5cm. diam.
40.6cm.diam.
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Provenance

Ex-collection Henri de Rothschild.
Ex-collection Nicolas Landau (1887-1979).

Exhibited

Galerie J. Kugel et A. Vervoordt, Hommage à Nicolas Landau "Prince des Antiquaires (1887-1979)", Paris, September - November 2006.

Catalogue Note

So-called 'Veneto-Saracenic' wares have historically been attributed to Venice and the Middle East. Although scholarly debate continues, it seems to be generally agreed that these were produced in the Middle East, most probably in either present-day Egypt or Syria. In any case, these objects, which are often finely-worked manifesting plural influences, speak of the extensive trade network between Renaissance Europe and the Islamic world at this time. This cultural exchange and vogue continued into the twentieth century during which time Nicolas Landau, the prominent antique dealer based between New York and Paris, must have purchased the present examples and through whom it would have entered the collection of the prominent Rothschild family. A similar example is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. OA 5962). 

For further information on the subject, notably in relation to one particular metalworker, see S. Auld, Renaissance Venice, Islam and Mahmud the Kurd: A metalworking enigma, London, 2004.

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