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Lot 228: A LARGE AND IMPRESSIVE ILKHANID LUSTRE MIHRAB TILE, PERSIA, 13TH/14TH CENTURY |
19 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: moulded in relief with an opacified tin glaze enhanced with cobalt blue and turquoise over-decorated in lustre, the central arched panel enclosing an inscription on a ground of spiralling floral tendrils, split-palmettes within the spandrels, bordered by a calligraphic band also in relief, set in old metal mount
In fairly good condition, intact, the lustre is generally bright, with chips and abrasions scattered throughout surface and old restorations including overpainting with some discoloration, some old dirt encrustations, has been set in old metal mount with six clasps around the borders, original firing lines visible to reverse, recently cleaned by a professional restorer, for advice on re-mounting, please consult a professional restorer, 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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Purchased on 2 March 1922 by the uncle of the consignor's grandfather, Émile Moreau (1868–1950), Governor of the Bank of Algeria, then Governor of the Banque of France.
Thence by descent.
This work is accompanied by a copy of the original purchase invoice:
'Musée Oriental, Maison Raoutsi Ben Kalfate, Esplanade de Méchouar, Tlemcen, Algérie, 2 Mars 1922'.
Dimensions: 48 by 36.5cm.
Saleroom Notice: Please note that although the provenance for this tile is correct in that it was purchased by Émile Moreau, Governor of the Bank of Algeria, then Governor of the Banque of France in the first half of the 20th century, the accompanying receipt published in the catalogue refers to other artworks, and not the present lot.