A Fatimid clear cut-glass bottle, Egypt or Syria, 10th-11th century. photo Sotheby's

of cylindrical form on a short spreading foot, with a narrow neck and everted rim, gently sloping shoulders leading to the body decorated with two relief-cut curved and etched vine scrolls with upward and downward-pointing palmette terminals. 6.5cm. height. Est. 20,000—30,000 GBP - Sold 73,250 GBP

NOTE: This bottle was produced during the Fatimid period for use as a container for perfume and scented oils. A rock-crystal bottle of similar decoration is found in the Keir Collection, both bottles share the same bevelled palmette scroll around the body (Pinder Wilson, R., in Robinson, B. (ed.), Islamic Art in the Keir Collection, London, 1988, no. R3, pp. 294-295). Rock crystal and cut-relief glass were produced alongside one another from the ninth century onwards. There existed a common repertoire of shapes and designs between cut-glass and rock crystal and it was likely that they were carved in the same workshops by the same craftsmen (Contadini, A., Fatimid Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1998, p.25). A cut-glass bottle of similar form is in the al-Sabah collection illustrated in Carboni 2001, p.129, cat. 2.30f.


A Fatimid Dark Green Facet-cut Glass Bottle, Egypt or Syria, 9th-10th century. photo Sotheby's

the octagonal conical mouth leading to a slender tapered body decorated with facet cuts and grooves forming angular and circular patterns. 10.5cm. height. Est. 3,000—4,000 GBP - Sold 28,750 GBP


A Fatimid Shallow glass dish, probably Egypt, 9th-10th century. photo Sotheby's

of shallow rounded form with flared walls, decorated with six impressed oval medallions, each one containing a six-petalled rosette with same size central boss. 7.2cm. diam. Est. 4,000—6,000 GBP - Sold 17,500 GBP

NOTE: A comparable bowl of similar form is in the Victoria and Albert Museum [C157-1936] (see Carboni and Whitehouse 2001, p.127, pl.44).


A Fatimid Rounded Glass Bowl, Egypt or Syria, 9th-10th century. photo Sotheby's

of deep rounded form with straight cylindrical mouth, decorated with five medallions impressed around the body representing a four-legged animal, possibly feline, with large ears and long curved tail. 6cm. max.diam. Est. 4,000—6,000 GBP - Sold 15,000 GBP

NOTE: A comparable bowl is in the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait [LNS 30 KG] (see Carboni 2001, p.266, no.70a).


A Fatimid glass cup, probably Egypt or Syria, 9th-10th century. photo Sotheby's

of deep rounded form with inverted rim, standing on four small feet created by tooling the base, decorated with eight circular medallions with each with a central boss. 4cm. height 4.2cm. max. diam. Est. 3,000—4,000 GBP - Sold 5,000 GBP


A Fatimid clear glass bottle, probably Egypt or Syria, 9th-10th century. photo Sotheby's

made of clear glass, the faceted and slightly flared neck leading to a square body with gently sloping shoulders, with flat base. 6cm. height. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP - Sold 3,750 GBP

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