An illuminated Firman of Sultan Mahmud II (reg. 1808-39)
Ottoman Turkey, probably Constantinople, dated 29th Rabi' al-Akhir 1236/3rd February 1821
Ottoman Turkish manuscript on paper, 9 lines of text written in divani kirmasi script in black ink, each line rising upwards towards the left margin, tughra written in black outlined in gold, the area above the tughra richly decorated with an intertwining vegetal motif in gold contained within a stylised rococo border, flanked by two bouquets of flowers painted in the European rococo style, outer border decorated with an undulating floral pattern in gold added at a later date, creased, in mount
759 x 265 mm.