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Islamic scissors


A pair of steel traveling calligrapher's scissors with gold koftgari work, the central screw decorated with a diamond and rubies,

with collapsible handles.
18th century
8 1/8 inches long

Persian Lamp Stand


Safavid,  circa late 16th century

brass, cast, engraved and inlaid with silver and black compound

13.5 inches high

Inscription reads:

                                 The lamp of the Lucid I see brightened by your face

                                 All those who have a soul I see their souls turned towards you

                                 You are desired by the world, may not one hair fall from your head  

 - Ahli Torshizi, Timurid poet

c.f. Metropolitan Museum, NY., 91.1.579






Islamic tile


Damascus, Syria

16th century.

A pair of square stone paste tiles painted in cobalt blue, manganese purple, turquoise and apple green. Outlined in black, the design shows part of a vase in apple green on the left of the composition decorated in a profusion of blue and white arabesques and split palmettes with a turquoise band around the rim and base. Reserved in white and green against a deep blue background, a split palmette, a carnation and small rosettes float between long flower stems and water reeds.
16th century.

21 x 10.5 in. {53.4 x 26.6 cm.}

Ex: collection Lockwood de Forest {1850-1932}


A stone paste square border tile painted in underglaze cobalt blue, apple green and turquoise. The border on the right side, a vigorous cintamani design in white and turquoise, outlined in black, is reserved against a cobalt blue ground. A thin turquoise guard stripe on the extreme right vertical edge. The remaining area, which is also reserved against a cobalt blue ground, shows a tulip, foliage and an apple green cusped medallion containing a tulip head in a spray of flowers rising from a floral palmette. Remains of an ogival lattice in turquoise with a white serrated edge and containing plum blossoms emanates from the top and bottom of the cusped medallion.
16th century.

10.5 x 10.5 in. {26.5x 26.5 cm.}

c.f. Ettinghausen, R. Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum, 1972. One of the group of Damascus tiles with the use of apple green mentioned on p.104 when referring to the Lockwood de Forest collection.

Ex. collection Lockwood de Forest {1850-1932}