An interesting falcon made of cut paper, featuring a piece of kumlu or
"sandy' patterned paper is coming up for auction at Sotheby's in
London, SALE L07220 : Islamic Works of Art. Lot 27. 18 Apr 07 10:30 AM.
FALCON IN DECOUPAGE, OTTOMAN, TURKEY, 16TH OR 17TH CENTURY
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"Marbled Antiquaria at Auction")
5 by 10cm.
Watercolour heightened with gold, finely cut paper laid down on stout
paper, the falcon standing on a perch, his body and head of marbled
paper, borders in colours and gold.
The skillful and delicate technique of decoupage was perfected in the
sixteenth century in Ottoman Turkey. One of the most celebrated of
these artists was the master Efsançi Mehmed (d.1534), who created an
entire garden of paper cut outs measuring twenty centimetres in length
and whose fame was such that the grand vizier himself visited the
artist at his home. Whilst Mehmed's works focus on naturalistic floral
arrangements others, such as the seventeenth century calligrapher
Mehmed bin Ahmed Sirozi, also worked with architectural features (see
Atasoy 2002, p.73-89). The present example exhibits the fine cut-out
work of the Ottoman period, the sinuous grape vines, irises, and
feathery saz leaves are typical of sixteenth and seventeenth century