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An Ottoman wire-inlaid coffee table, by Vortik Potikian, Turkey, circa 1900
with an octagonal top and ornate stand supported by three curved legs, inlaid throughout with silver wire decoration consisting of sinuous vines, designed with coat of arms of Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909)
65.5cm. height 
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Catalogue Note

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The inscription underneath the coat of arms reads:
'The one who leans on divine support, the King of the Ottoman State.'

Although the tughra is difficult to read, it almost certainly belongs to Abdulhamid II (1876-1909).

According to Professor Dr. Selman Can from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Ataturk University, it was Queen Victoria who introduced the concept of the coat of arms to Ottoman Turkey, even commissioning a specialist, Charles Young, to create a coat of arms for the Ottoman Empire. Following research carried out in Istanbul with the help by a member of the British Embassy, a version of the present coat of arms was created. A number of similar tables were produced by the Armenian maker, Vortik Potikian, active in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey.

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