Lot 209
  • 209

An Ottoman jade and gem-set silver-gilt casket, Turkey and China, 19th century

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • JADE, SILVER GILT METAL, SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES
of rectangular form on four applied gem-set cusped feet, the exterior set with rubies, emeralds, amethysts and sapphires against a ground of engraved floral motifs, the lid mounted with an openwork carved Chinese jade plaque

Condition

In generally good condition, gemstones heavily foiled, some with small scratches, a very small number (of varied colour) may be a later replacement, minor scratches to the gilding, minor losses to some of the jade foliage of the lid, as viewed.
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Catalogue Note

The present casket, as with the previous lot, is a product of the Ottoman taste for Chinese artefacts, in this case, carved jade. The jade piece itself is worked in a manner that could potentially ascribe it to the Ming or Qing dynasty, and may have originally been presented as a diplomatic gift as suggested by the prominent┬áposition that it occupies on the box. The choice of a pale jade harks back to the preference of Chinese emperors for white jade. The casket itself was designed around this piece which was mounted into a petalled setting and further worked with a foliate trellis border, the sides engraved with floral designs on a punched ground and set with large gemstones. Stylistically, it is reminiscent of the reliquary containing the tooth of the Prophet (Dendan-i Saadet), which was made for Sultan Mehmed IV (r.1648-87), now in the Topkapi (Ak┼čit 1986, p.175, no.5).