A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY
A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY
A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY
A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY
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A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

A FINE DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION CASE WITH TUGHRA OF SULTAN ABDÜLAZIZ (R.18530-61), ISTANBUL, TURKEY, MID-19TH CENTURY


the lid set with diamonds, surrounding a central oval with guilloche red enamel set with tughra of Sultan Abdülaziz, sides and underneath with carved spiralling vine design, in bespoke box

3 by 10.4 by 6.8cm. 

Condition Report

In generally good condition, the edges of the box with multiple miniature drill holes, one side indicates that the lid may have originally been intended to be hinged, underside of present lid with visible fastening nails for design and red sealing wax to centre of medallion, some green discoloration and scratches, remnants of adhesive tape to inside, some of the diamonds probably later replacements (these are of varying quality of colour and clarity), as viewed.

"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

This case is representative of a typical late Ottoman aesthetic. The tughra at the centre, the calligraphic monogram signature of Sultan Abdülaziz (r. 1830-61), translates as 'Abdülaziz Khan son of Mahmud, forever victorious'. The combination of this element with the four crescents, the symbol of Islam, as well as the colour red makes this case a unique and precious Ottoman object. The case can be used for multiple purposes, such as a cigarette case, a common accoutrement of the nineteenth-century Ottoman gentlemen. A similar case was sold at in these rooms, on the 25 October 2017, lot 228.

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