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painting / album
Page from an album of watercolour paintings; painting on recto of the Sultan on horseback and verso blank. Figure wears a high white turban with red kulah. He has a full, brown beard. His long silvery robe is covered with a sleeveless silvery cloak lined with orange and yellow. He rides a high-stepping chestnut brown horse which has a jewelled bridle, chest strap and stirrups and a red, green and gold blanket. The ground is light brown and the shadow is cast to the right.
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)
Inscription Positionupper right
Inscription ContentLe Grand Seigneur/a cheval
Inscription TranslationThe Sultan on horseback.
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: RFM35837
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