AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE QUR’AN, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, 16TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 386 leaves plus 4 fly-leaves, 16 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by red dots, surah headings in black rounded cursive against a gold ground, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with a double-page illuminated frontispiece, f.2b and f.3a with a polychrome and gold frame, in brown gilt binding, with flap
5.5 by 3.7cm.
The margins with minor notes, very minor stains and rubbing, 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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
The high quality of the illumination throughout recalls the opening page of a Qur’an dated 930 AH/1524 AD now in the Istanbul University library, inv. no.A.6566, published in Derman 2010, p.40, as well as a Qur’an dated 954 AH/1547-48 AD, sold in these rooms, 24 October 2018, lot 23.