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137

A pair of Cairoware silver and copper-inlaid candlesticks, Egypt or Syria, 20th century

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Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 GBP

A pair of Cairoware silver and copper-inlaid candlesticks, Egypt or Syria, 20th century

A pair of Cairoware silver and copper-inlaid candlesticks, Egypt or Syria, 20th century

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,670

GBP

both of typical form, the necks detachable from bases, inlaid with silver and copper with an interlacing geometric design, calligraphic bands above and below


2

each: 20cm. height; 19cm. max. diam. 

Both in good condition, the silver and copper inlay still present, some very slight abrasion to surface, remnants of candlewax in one of these still present, oxidisation visible to underside, 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."

inscriptions

'Glory to our lord the Sultan, a-Malik al-Nasir, the learned, the just'
'Glory, perpetuity, gratitude, praise, discernment, victory over enemies, splendour, magnificence, generosity, liberality, triumph, honour, nobility, high rank, wealth, happiness, favour, ease, mercy, prosperity, carefree eminence, good luck, sufficiency, God's providence, authority, rising fortune... Muhammad ibn Sadr al-Din Yusuf ibn Salah al-Din'

The design on these candlesticks, with interlacing geometric strapwork surrounding four-petalled flowerheads, recalls that of a fourteenth-century Siirt candlestick previously in the Nuhad Es-Said collection, see J.W. Allan, Islamic Metalwork: The Nuhad Es-Said Collection, London, 1982, pp.66-67, no.9. It is interesting to note that the inscriptions are also the same.