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A magnificent Ottoman jade and gem-set metal casket, Turkey, 17th/18th century
Estimate
40,00060,000
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166
A magnificent Ottoman jade and gem-set metal casket, Turkey, 17th/18th century
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A magnificent Ottoman jade and gem-set metal casket, Turkey, 17th/18th century
the twelve-sided box standing on six small palm-feet, gilt on the interior, the richly decorated exterior with colourful gemstones, turquoise and pearls, featuring stellar, circular and oval jade plaques enlivened by gemstones set within delicate silver settings, the flat, round jade cover richly decorated with further collared stones and foliate tendrils surmounted by bud-shape jade knop finial
14.5cm. diam.
12.5cm. height.
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Catalogue Note

The abundance of multi-coloured gemstones combined with jade and highlighted by finely incised silver-inlaid foliate vines provides this casket with a lavish effect of wealth and opulence. This technique, of using floral collared gems linked by a grid of inlaid metal tendrils, became popular at the Ottoman court from the sixteenth century onwards and all manner of objects, including vessels, jewellery and weapons were decorated with gem-encrusted hardstones (see Rogers and Ward 1988, nos. 63 and 71).

A box most probably from the same workshop, or working in same taste, was sold at Christie's, 8 October 2015, lot 90, and another in these rooms, 7 October 2009, lot 192. Two mirrors displaying a similar aesthetic, examples of which can be seen in the Topkapi Palace Museum, sold in these rooms, 7 October 215, lot 414 and 25 May 2005, lot 208.

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