A stunning collection of Mamluk-style enamelled glass mosque lamps acquired over the past 30 years is one of the highlights of the Bonhams sale of Indian and Islamic Art on April 8 in London's New Bond Street. Estimates range from £4,000-£15,000.
Continuing in the great Orientalist tradition of celebrated 19th century European glass makers such as Brocard and Imberton, the lamps evoke the glory of late medieval Egypt. Under the great Mamluk Sultanate in the 14th Century, glass vessels of this type were suspended from the ceiling, the candle light within shining dramatically through the bright polychrome enamels to flood the mosque with vivid splashes of colour.
Claire Penhallurick, Director of Indian and Islamic Art at Bonhams, comments: "We are delighted and honoured to be able to offer this beautiful collection of objects of a type which are rarely seen in such great numbers. They exemplify the spirit of the Mamluk originals on which they are based and when viewed together are spectacular. "