Lot 161
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A magnificent Ottoman tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory and brass-inlaid scribe's box, Turkey, late 16th century

200,000 - 300,000 GBP
233,000 GBP
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of irregular decagonal form supported on two broad bracket-form feet, the exterior revetted with tortoiseshell plaques with brass wire settings, the long and short sides with a continuous blind arcade of ogee-shaped arches each enclosing a floral repeat of wavy stems issuing stylised flower-heads in the form of khatamkari roundels made up of stained ivory tesserae in white, green and black, the lid with a frieze decorated ensuite with khatamkari florets on an undulating stem set between micro-mosaic bands of miniature black and white tesserae, the cover with a large khatamkari diamond-form cartouche in the centre surrounded by tortoiseshell revetment with khatamkari florets on wavy brass wire stems bordered with rectangular mother-of-pearl fillets, the hinged cover secured by a silver chain opening to reveal a refurbished red-ground interior with a removable tray and a fixed compartment to one side all later-painted with gold arabesques and fitted with a later metal inkwell