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A fine diamond-set gold presentation cigarette case gifted by Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909), Istanbul, Turkey, inscribed 1890
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
228
A fine diamond-set gold presentation cigarette case gifted by Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909), Istanbul, Turkey, inscribed 1890
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A fine diamond-set gold presentation cigarette case gifted by Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909), Istanbul, Turkey, inscribed 1890
the interior inscribed: "Offert par le Sultan Abd-Ul-Hamid, Le Mai 1890, Palais d'Yeldiz", the reverse with monogram: PL (Pierre Loti) / JV (Louis Marie-Julien Viaud) and motto: "Mon mal m'enchante"
7 by 9.2cm. 
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Provenance

Prince Naguib Abd Allah, Paris.  

Catalogue Note

The inscription on the interior of this fine cigarette case mentions that it was offered by Sultan Abdulhamid in May 1890 at the Yildiz Palace. We can infer from Pierre Loti's (1850-1923) initials and motto on the underside that this case was intended for him. A naval officer based partly in the Middle East, and notably Turkey, Loti fell in love with a beautiful Turkish woman called Aziyadé, who inspired his first novel (published in 1879). Loti achieved fame as an author but was known as much for his personal flamboyance as the brilliance of his writings.

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