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A fine Ottoman leather document case, Istanbul, Turkey, dated 1785
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
244
A fine Ottoman leather document case, Istanbul, Turkey, dated 1785
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A fine Ottoman leather document case, Istanbul, Turkey, dated 1785
of rectangular form, the leather embroidered throughout with metal thread in a symmetrical design of a formal arabesque of flowering vines, the reverse with a monogram 'C.O.G.' and the inscription Ancona, the interior flap with 'Constantinople 1785'
12 by 19cm.
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Catalogue Note

Letter wallets such as this were produced in the eighteenth century and likely used as export products for the European market. A very similar one, of same size, colour and embroidery is now in the Sadberk Hanim Museum, Instanbul (in.no. SHM 15113-i1473), published in Bilgi & Zanbak 2012, p.348. The current example is particularly interesting for the initials on the reverse and the mention of the Italian city of Ancona, probably the origin of the individual who commissioned the embroidery.

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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