This is an exceptionally fine and large brass box. Because it is lined with wood, it is most likely for tobacco or tea. I believe it is most likely Turkish or Persian, it clearly shows some Mamluk influence in the designs. The top features a central medallion with a foliate six pointed star center, surrounded by a ring of stylized Islamic calligraphy. The ends are embellished by trefoil semi-medallions, and a foliate border along all of the edges of all sides except the bottom, which is plain. The front and back feature Kufic script over a foliate background and semi- medallions. The ends also have script and semi-medallions as well. Even the hinges and hasp are well made and profusely embellished. The little twisting latch for the hasp works perfectly and is tight. It measures 8.75" X 5" X 3.75" and weighs 3.75 pounds.
19th century Mamluk revival Cairoware inlaid tray. This tray has four different Islamic Script cartouches with a simple four way endless knot medallion in the center. There are also chain panel details encircling the tray near the edge. The tray measures 15" across. and weighs 2 3/4 pounds. It has a light 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 patonage of the arts, thus this was the most prolific and influential period for Islamic art. Mamluk metalware is recognizeable 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 Mamluk artifacts during this period of time.
Pair of Anglo Indian gilded filigree brass candle holders. Nice patina with wear typical for the age, some of the original gilding and silvering remains. The base, stem, and drip cup screws apart. It measures 9.5" by 4.75" and weighs 2.75 lbs.
Intricatly etched Qajar (Victorian) era Sterling silver tray featuring a forest animal scene. Measures 7" across and weighs 8 ounces before packing.
Egyptian 900 silver tobacco box lined with cedar and embellished with Arabic calligraphy, geometric, and foliate designs. This charming box measures 4.5" by 3.5" by 1.35" and weighs 9 ounces.
This is a Damascus Enameled Cuerda Seca tray. The tray is divided into six segments featuring a chain design around the rim, half medallions alternating with cartouches of Islamic script. and a central medallion also featuring Islamic Script. There enamel is in near perfect condition with no losses, and some crazing. Measuring 11" (32 cm) across, and weighing nearly a pound and a half, it is quite heavy. This piece is estimated to be 100-150 years old.
This unique Iranian brass vase has a traditional Ghalamzani (Carved Persian Metalwork) design. The farming scene is an unusual theme but the etching is very well detailed. Meticulously hand carved, the fabrication of this type of metalwork is a dying art. Measuring 21" tall by 12" across, and weighs eight pounds, this piece is surprisingly solid. This piece is estimated to be made in Iran 40 to 60 years ago.
This carved Egyptian brass pot has a great deal of detail and texture within it's traditional design. There is a continuous chain of Mythological figures depicted encircling the belly of the pot with a granulated texture throughout. Also, there is a chain or endless knot design encircling above and below the belly of the pot. There are birds encircling the top of the vase. Lovingly hand carved, the fabrication of this type of metalwork is a dying art, as the younger generations adopt new technologies. It measures 8" high 4" across, and weighs 9 ounces