A TURQUOISE-SET SWORD (KILIJ) AND SCABBARD, FRANCE OR RUSSIA, 19TH CENTURY |
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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the curved lightly watered steel blade with flat back, pricked details of old inscription, hilt and grips on scabbard set with an overall design of cut-turquoise in silver frames, the quillons with carved foliate details and cut-turquoise terminals, the band along the edge of the hilt and scabbard strap decorated in parcel gilt and niello with arabesque motifs on a punched ground, two suspension hooks to scabbard with carved details, with Asprey & Co. case
This sword belongs to a rare and important group of swords, each characterised by their profuse use of cut-turquoise in combination with an elegant design of split palmettes or arabesques in gilt and niello that can be traced back to the same workshop with outlets both in Paris and St Petersburg. A similar example, with a Turkish blade with an inscription is illustrated in Hales 2013, pp.220-1.