1920 Persian Khatam Kari Footed Wooden Circular Jewelry Box
Late 19th c. early 20th c. Persian Footed Wooden Round Jewelry Box.
Antique rare in round shape large Persian wooden box with marquetry called "Sadeli" or "Khatam Kari" with exquisite mosaic inlay the decoration in the form of a star and geometric patterns.
The rounded lid opening to reveal one main compartment.
Middle Eastern Persian Micro Mosaic Khatam Sadeli Inlaid Jewelry Box with a brass finial and metal rounded feet.
Decorative round micro mosaic marquetry inlaid box with geometric Moorish design.
Handcrafted Khatam Kari wooden box with very delicate micro mosaic marquetry from the ancient Middle Eastern technique of inlaying from arrangements of so many delicate pieces of precious wood and bone.
This beautiful Middle Eastern Persian box is covered with fine Moorish micro mosaic marquetry and is used as a jewelry, trinket box.
Intricate inlaid lidded box with geometric Moorish Khatam design in an circular shape form with micro mosaic marquetry.
very fine artwork.
Size in inches: H 4” x W 7” x D 7”.
Origin: Middle East, Persia.
Persian vanity box from circa late 19th c. early 20th c. circa 1900.
The interior is lined.
Restored, this box is in overall good condition considering its age and use.
Museum collector piece like the one in Doris Duke Islamic Art Museum. The repeating geometric patterns of Khatam Kari Mosaic are what give it beauty and richness. This decorative technique is a type of micro mosaic featuring repeating geometric patterns. A highly skilled craft, it has had a long history in the Middle East with early examples dating back to the 16th century. In the 1800s, it became popular as a decoration on a variety of boxes, card cases, and chess boards. The fact is they emerged from a culture which had mastered geometry and understood how to generate a pattern from a set number of points. The patterns are so harmoniously combined that their incredible complexity isn’t immediately apparent to the viewer.
Khatam kari is a fine and meticulous marquetry work, the oldest examples of which date back to the Safavid era: khatam was then so appreciated by the court that certain princes learned the technique as well as music, painting, or calligraphy.
The “Khatam-kari” is therefore the “work of inlays”. This technique consists of making patterns, most often star shapes, by inlaying fine wooden sticks (ebony, Teak, jujube, orange tree, rose), brass (for the golden parts), and camel bone (white parts). The decorated objects are legion: boxes, chess or backgammon games, frames, pipes, desks, or even musical instruments. The khatam can also be associated with the famous Persian miniatures, thus realizing works of art.
This craft has existed for over 700 years.