Ottoman Empire, Turkey
End of the 17th century - Beginning of the 18th century
Wood, mother-of-pearl, shell, horn, bone, metal and paper
H .: 16.5; L .: 23; Thickness: 15 cm
(wood stitched on the underside, very slight wear and old restoration on the front left foot)
Rectangular box inlaid with mother-of-pearl, blond horn, rosewood, tortoiseshell and bone, resting on four feet. The design of this decoration follows a geometric assembly made up of diamonds and triangles.
The cover is domed and organized around a large rectangular section inlaid in a checkerboard pattern of twenty-two diamonds and sixteen mother-of-pearl triangles. It is framed by three rosewood nets. A frieze surrounds this first work: it is made up of twenty-two squares. They are each formed of four triangles comprising at least two sections of mother-of-pearl. The complementary triangles are in tortoiseshell or in brown horn. Three wooden nets, similar to the previous ones, frame the frieze. A last frieze composed of triangles of mother-of-pearl, blond horn and tortoiseshell completes the ornament of the cover.
The four sides of the box are worked in registers showing the same checkerboard marquetry treatment, delimited by wooden threads. The upper frieze has zigzag chevrons.
The spacers of the four legs are made of thin rods of bone. The keyhole metal plate is dimpled and original, as are the hinges and key.
The wooden interior, covered with blue paper with gold decoration, probably dating from the 18th century, has a compartment on the right width.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
Ottoman Empire Scribe Box, Turkey End Of The 17th Century - Beginning Of The 18th Century
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