PRESENTING A LOVELY Hand-painted Persian Desk Set with Khatam Mosaic.

Pair of items in the Set:

(1) Hand-painted Bone Plaque in Khatam Mosaic Frame, and

(2) Desk Companion Stand with brass pen holders, Stationery Holder and hand-painted Bone Plaque in Khatam Mosaic.

The framed plaque features a ‘Polo’ scene with 3 figures in tribal dress on horseback with polo sticks and ball, probably made circa 1960. Classic vintage Khatam mosaic. The bone panel in the frame, is beautifully painted and matted with hand painted Islamic style borders.

The desk stand plaque features a ‘Hunting” scene, with 2 riders in tribal dress, one with bow and arrow and a pair of animals (probably deer). Classic contemporary Khatam mosaic. Sits on 4 triangular platform feet. The pen holders are brass and are on a swivel ball hinge. Made in 2006 as noted on the base.

Note: The 2 gold pens, seen in the photos with the desk stand, are not included.

“Khātam (Persian: خاتم‎‎) is a Persian version of marquetry, art forms made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal precisely-cut geometrical shapes. Khatam is also the capital of Khatam County in Iran. Khatam kari (Persian: خاتم‌کاری‎‎) is the art of crafting a Khatam. Common materials used in the construction of inlaid articles are gold, silver, brass, aluminum and twisted wire.

Designing of inlaid articles is a highly elaborate process. In each cubic centimeter of inlaid work, up to approximately 250 pieces of metal, bone, ivory and different kinds of wood are laid side by side, glued together in stages, smoothed, oiled and polished. Inlaid articles in the Safavid era took on a special significance as artists created their precious artworks. Woods used include betel, walnut, cypress and pine. These works include doors and windows, mirror frames, Quran boxes, inlaid boxes, pen and penholders, lanterns and shrines


Persian Desk Set with Khatam Mosaic

Provenance: Bought from an Antique Market in London.

Dimensions: (1) Frame: 9.75 in wide x 7 in high. Bone Panel: 5 in wide x 2.5 in high

(2) Desk Stand: 8 in Wide, 6 in Deep and 3.5 in tall

Condition: Both are in very good original condition. Some very minor repairs to the bottom edging of the frame but not significant or noticeable.

SALE PRICE NOW: $470 (Set)

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