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Updated: 27 April 2015
offset / album
Page from an album of watercolour paintings, recto and verso with offset (upside down) of brownish pink text block without text and triangle containing stylised floral spray as illuminated heading. Vertical rays rise from this. Blank cartouche below triangle. Flowers in margin include one large brownish pink tulip and other smaller flowers with green stalks.
See 1986,0625,0.1 for description of album.
- Made in: Istanbul
- (Asia,Turkey,Marmara Region,Istanbul (province),Istanbul (city))
- Height: 14.7 centimetres (Manuscript)
- Width: 10 centimetres (Manuscript)
- Thickness: 3.2 centimetres (Manuscript)
- Height: 14.7 centimetres (Folio)
- Width: 9.8 centimetres (Folio)
The album consists of depictions of buildings, figures and exotic animals in Istanbul; including scenes of punishment. Several pages inscribed. Many pages marbled, others bearing imprint of missing leaves with découpage (?). Although register says 'stencils', the lack of sharpness, suggestion of oil around the flowers and stalks, and identical design on recto and verso suggest that these pages are offsets, not stencils. Leather binding with sunk, gilded, stamped and tooled decoration. Red leather binding with Chinese cloud bands and decoration in gold and black. Cover design has cloud corners and ogival medallion at centre, flanked above and below by escutcheons. Many pages were removed prior to acquisition.
funds from Central Reserve
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Object reference number: RFM35834
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