On offer is a lovely vintage piece of mashrabiya ware - dating to the early 20th century.
It is one of a matching pair - so if you are interested in both my lovely frames, please select the second one under the quantity box.
Mashrabiya - is the Arabic name given to an oriel window with is enclosed with a carved wood latticework border (as on each side of my frame). It has been used since the Middle Ages right up to the mid-20th century. Large panels and screens were often seen in houses in Cairo and sometimes this type of carving was called Cairoware.
This is a very collectable Syrian / Arabic picture frame (which could also hold a little mirror and function as an exotic wall mirror).
All around you have turned Mashrabiya panels and at each corner Sadeliwork - where little pieces of mother of pearl and ebony have been inlaid to form an attractive geometric pattern.
Dimensions: Overall frame dimension is 12 1/4 inches by 10 inches. The frame aperture is 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.
This is a fine old piece - with a lovely patina to the wood - there are no damages. It is certainly beautifully constructed - and the back is almost as nice as the front. The glass is original to the frame - but each frame is missing the little wooden back section behind the window area - but I would get a replacement one made to fit.
These oriental items were very popular in the UK - and similar items were retailed at Liberty from the 1880s for more exotic aesthetic movement interiors - all the way through to the 1920s. They continue to be highly collectable and my price is certainly a very fair one for this attractive craftsman-made antique piece.
Each of my panels I have on offer at £225 - but would be happy to offer the pair for £400 (as discounted price) - please enquire
The postage quoted here is for UK Royal Mail, Special Next Day Delivery with the Royal Mail - fully insured in transit. This will cost £10 and applied to your order at checkout.