An Ottoman marquetry wood Cabinet Turkey, early 19th Century
Ottoman craftsmen excelled in the production of furniture with elaborate inlay and overlay decoration known as kundekari. The most popular materials used were ivory, mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell and various woods.
This technique was applied to Mosque furniture and doors, as well as secular items such as thrones, bow cases and writing tables.
This lot is notable because of its rare shape and the fact that the tourtoiseshell and mother of pearl panels are entirely surrounded by mother of pearl geometry. There is a chest in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, also decorated in this way (Nurhan Atasoy, Splendors of the Ottoman Sultans, Menphis, 1992, p. 238.
The panoplies in the corners are emblems usually associated with Sultan Mahmud II (1808-39).