Turkey, Ottoman, 18th/19th century | Calligrapher's Chest
Ottoman, 18th/19th century
wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory
with three drawers to front, the underside with two collectors labels; one with 'J. Rae [?]' and the other '5'
39cm. high, 68cm. wide, 38cm.; 1ft. 3 1/4in., 2ft. 2 3/4 in., 1ft. 3in.
Overall in fairly good condition, the top with small losses to the mother of pearl and ivory, notably two flowers and on some of triangles in central star, with a crack along one border edge, further nicks, sides with micromosaic borders, some sections of wood, ivory, mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell missing and restored, left-hand drawer slightly warped, slight areas of discoloration, as viewed.
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