A FINE OTTOMAN IVORY AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL MOUNTED MIQUELET RIFLE, TURKEY, 18TH CENTURY |
35,000 - 45,000 GBP
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the pattern-welded barrel with gold overlay scrolling motifs at breech and muzzle, full stock with ivory-veneer, set with mother-of-pearl and ivory bands further set with engraved silver-gilt panels and studs with coral mounts to butt
Comparable examples of ivory-inlaid Ottoman guns are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 32.75.270); the Military Museum in Istanbul (Palace of Gold and Light, Washington, 2000, p.160, no.E25); the Victoria & Albert Museum (A. North, An Introduction to Arms and Armour, London, 1985, p.11, fig.3b); the Wallace Collection (G. Laking, Wallace Collection Catalogues: Oriental Arms and Armour, London, 1914, no.2091) and the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, London (Alexander 1992, pp.126-9, nos.72 and 73; Paris 1988, no.42), as well as two privately owned in Denmark (Copenhagen 1982, nos.40 and 41).