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Islamic Brass Mosque Lamp Syrian Elaborately Pierced

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 1136110

Islamic Brass Mosque Lamp Syrian Elaborately Pierced
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$1200.00 

Intricately carved Mosque lamp from Syria. This qandeel features six arched windows. Between each window is a turned baluster type fretwork with chickens and turned knob finials. This is suspended by three chains that meet at the top. The font is missing, but doesn't detract from the esthetics of this piece. The top section is segmented into six design panels alternating between trefoil and spiderweb designs above four alternating cartouches with Islamic calligraphy, and foliate medallions. The lower section has eight panels alternating between cartouches of foliate, spiderweb, and Islamic script, with the rest of it in a spiderweb design. This has a chicken finial with a hole that a cord can be threaded through for electrification, which I believe is not original to this piece. The fineness of the carving is unusual and exceptional. There is some of the original gilding intact. This has the best quality of craftsmanship of any Syrian piece I've had in over 35 years of collecting. This unique piece measures 14" tall and 18" to the top of the chain, and 6" in diameter, and weighs nearly 3 pounds.


Large 19th. C. Syrian Cuerda Seca Enamel Copper Pot

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 1093738

Large 19th. C. Syrian Cuerda Seca Enamel Copper Pot
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$2750.00 

Lovingly hand crafted, this 19th century enameled pot was made in Syria using a Cuerda Seca style of enameling. There is some very minor enamel chipping, but considering the size of the inlays, the age of the pot, and the fact that this was made to be used as a planter, it has survived remarkably well. Measuring 10" tall by 14"across, and weighing five pounds, this piece is quite solid and is an unusually large size. This piece is estimated to be 100-150 years old.

Cuerda Seca enameling is done in the following manner: The design is stamped or carved into the surface after which colored glazes are applied. The contours of the designs are detailed with a mixture of beeswax or vegetable fat and manganese oxide. During the firing, the wax or fat burns away producing contours of red or black that also prevent the differently-colored glazes from running into one another. This technique was created during the Seljuk (14th-15th C.) period in Persia, (modern Iran and Iraq) and eventually made it's way via Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy to Spain where it is used extensively in tile and pottery making even today.


Large Brass Egyptian Tray Pyramids Hebrew Writing

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 1132094

Large Brass Egyptian Tray Pyramids Hebrew Writing
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$650.00 

Carved brass tray made in the early 20th century. This unique tray has a central medallion featuring Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, palm trees, flowers, and camels. Surrounding this is a ring of Hebrew lettering encircled by a foliate design. This has a pie crust edge. This particular tray was made in the early 20th century for trade to wealthy travelers who went "on tour" for extended periods of time, and liked to bring back "historical artifacts". With the discovery of King Tut's tomb, there was an increased demand for ancient Egyptian themed items. Because many of these travelers also traversed the Holy Land, Judaic themes of the Exodus as related in the Bible were particularly sought after. I believe that the letters are an acronym for a prayer as has been a Jewish tradition for Eons of time. This tray measures 23" across by 1.5" deep and weighs a little over 4 pounds.


Mamluk Brass Copper Silver Inlaid Incense Burner

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 1093749

Mamluk Brass Copper Silver Inlaid Incense Burner
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$525.00 

19th century Mamluk Revival Cairoware inlaid incense burner in a brazier form. As in a full sized brazier, it consists of a two handled vase shaped base, a two handled coal pot, and a crescent moon topped pierced lid. This piece has two Islamic script cartouches alternating with trefoil semi-medallions. There is also a chain panel encircling the pot mirrored by the same chain pattern on the top surface of the base. The copper and silver inlays are well executed and tight. The brazier/burner measures 9.25" tall by 6" across, and weighs a little over a pound and a half. It has a light patina, and the piece is overall in good condition, considering it's age. The Mamluk dynasty existed from approximately 1250 to 1517 A.D. The Mamluks were slave soldiers who earned their freedom and became rulers of a dynasty which lasted over 250 years. Their rulers were known for patronage of the arts, thus this was the most prolific and influential period for Islamic art. Mamluk metalware is recognizable by the repeated cartouches and medallions and the chain patterns encircling the pieces. Copper and silver inlay into brass pieces is also commonly found. This particular burner was made in the 19th or early 20th century for trade to wealthy travelers who went "on tour" for extended periods of time, and liked to bring back "historical artifacts" Because of the demand and other influences, there was a revival of many types of Mameluk artifacts during this period of time.


Middle Eastern Islamic Mamluk Inlaid Brass Box

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 963428

Middle Eastern Islamic Mamluk Inlaid  Brass Box
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$275.00 

19th century Mamluk revival Cairoware inlaid casket or box. It was made for keeping tobacco, and the original cedar wood lining is still intact and clean. This box has five different Islamic Script cartouches with trefoil semi-medallions. There is also a chain panel encircling the lid which features the largest, central medallion. The casket measures 4.5" long, by 2.75" deep and 2.75" tall. and weighs a little under a pound. It has a moderate patina, and the piece is overall in good condition, cosidering it's age. The Mamluk dynasty existed from approximately 1250 to 1500 A.D. The Mamluks were slave soldiers who earned their freedom and became rulers of a dynasty which lasted 250 years. Their rulers were known for patronage of the arts, thus this was the most prolific and influential period for Islamic art. Mamluk metal ware is recognizable by the repeated cartouches and medallions and the chain patterns encircling the pieces. Copper and silver inlay into brass pieces is also commonly found. This particular vase was made in the 19th or early 20th century for trade to wealthy travelers who went "on tour" for extended periods of time, and liked to bring back "historical artifacts" Because of the demand and other influences, there was a revival of many types of Mameluk artifacts during this period of time.


Moroccan Brass Powder Flask With Silver Coins

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 1105303

Moroccan Brass Powder Flask With Silver Coins
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$195.00 

Simple Moroccan powder flask embellished with Silver Dirham coins from the turn of the 20th century. Features an etched applied silver piece, copper trim and hammered handles. The spout has an angle to it from the time of manufacture. Interesting touch mark on the back. It measures 8" long by 5.75" across and 2" deep and weighs 10 ounces


Ottoman Carved Brass Hand Washing Basin with Strainer

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 1130986

Ottoman Carved Brass Hand Washing Basin with Strainer
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$325.00 

Carved brass ablutions bowl with elaborate carved grill strainer with finial. The rim has geometric form flowers alternating with lozenge shapes, and tiny diamond repeats along the outer rim and inner rim. It measures 4.5" tall, by 8.5" across, the opening is 4" across, and weighs a lttle under two pounds. This would normally be paired with a hand washing pitcher.


Ottoman Islamic Brass Medicine Bowl

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 1135189

Ottoman Islamic Brass Medicine Bowl
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$225.00 

Traditional Islamic magic bowl for healing covered with engraved writing. Has boteh shaped designs with prayers within, also a Keyhole doorway, or mirab shaped shaped cartouche. Other prayers are covering every possible surface including the rim. The exterior has no ornamentation. The middle of the bottom of the bowl has a deep indentation, possibly to make it easy to hold. It measures 5.5" diameter by 1.5" tall, and weighs 6 ounces.


Persian Brass Tray Qajar Harem Scene

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 1073068

Persian Brass Tray Qajar Harem Scene
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$275.00 

A very elaborately carved rectangular brass tray depicting a harem scene. The medallion flowers, also known as "guls" border the scene. This appears to be set in a private outdoor pavillion with trees and arching columns. The quality of the carving is extremely high. This unique piece measures 12.5" by 9.25" and weighs one pound five ounces.


Syrian Cuerda Seca Mina Enamel Hanging Mosque Lamp

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1900   item# 1102378

Syrian Cuerda Seca Mina Enamel Hanging Mosque Lamp
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The Old Bazaar
510-910-3922


$1875.00 

Lovingly hand crafted, this 19th century enameled Mosque lamp was made in Syria using a Cuerda Seca style of enameling. There is some very minor enamel chipping, but considering the size of the inlays, the age of the lamp, it has survived remarkably well. Measuring 7" across by 4.5" tall, the total suspended length is 19". It weighs five pounds, this piece is quite solid and large. This originally had a candle suspended in a blown glass tube but was electrified during the early 20th century. The enameled ring above the lamp was originally where the hole is on the bottom to hold the glass. The carving is beautifully executed and unusual to find on a piece this elaborately enameled, it also shows off the unusual bird and floral design. This is the first piece I've seen with purple and orange glaze, and I have been collecting this type of enamel for several decades. This piece is estimated to be 100-150 years old.
Cuerda Seca enameling is done in the following manner: The design is stamped or carved into the surface after which colored glazes are applied. The contours of the designs are detailed with a mixture of beeswax or vegetable fat and manganese oxide. During the firing, the wax or fat burns away producing contours of red or black that also prevent the differently-colored glazes from running into one another. This technique was created during the Seljuk (14th-15th C.) period in Persia, (modern Iran and Iraq) and eventually made it's way via Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy to Spain where it is used extensively in tile and pottery making even today.


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