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Lot 229: A RARE MAMLUK ENGRAVED-BRASS BASIN FROM THE REIGN OF SULTAN QAYTBAY (1468-1496), EGYPT, LATE 15TH CENTURY |
19 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: the rounded, slightly convex body with faceted sides leading to a hammered lower ridge with engraved decoration arranged in panels containing alternating inscriptions and entwined split-palmettes, the underside hammered with s-shaped grooves containing dense vegetal scrolls, engraved roundel with heraldic blazon at centre of interior
In good overall condition, old inventory numbers written to interior edge in a European hand "6761, 8700, 8550", some minor dents, oxidisation and associated rubbing with resulting discoloration, particularly to base as consistent with age and use, two very minor re-soldered restoration, 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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Provenance: Ex-collection 'M.C.'
Literature: A.S. Melikian Chirvani, 'Cuivres inédits de l’Epoque de Qa’itbay', in Kunst des Orients, vol. 6, H.2, 1969, pp.99-133, figs.5,6,7a,b.