18th Century antique parcel gilt brass incense burner

£22,000

This charming incense burner exhibits a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western styles, making the work a distinctive and decorative collectable.

 

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Description

The incense burner is of spherical form with a hinged lid, crafted in parcel gilt brass. The burner is surmounted by a putto playing a mandolin, and the burner features a pierced scrolling pattern all over the surface, with geometric gilt banding around the hinge. The burner is set on a waisted socle base. The lid bears an inscription in Arabic and is dated 'AH 1131' (1718 AD)

The endowment inscription mentions the name Mawlay Idris - an early ruler of Morocco as well as a famous pilgrimage place in Northern Morocco - suggesting that it must have been given to a religious foundation in 1718. The later base was probably added at the moment inscription was carved on the top.

Details

Country of Origin
Spanish
Date of Manufacture
c. 1718
Period
18th Century and Earlier
Style
Figurative Art, Islamic
Material
Brass
Colour
Gold, Metallic

Dimensions

Height
27.5 cm / 10.6 inches
Diameter
17 cm / 6.7 inches

Reference:
013822

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