An impressive Royal Qajar gem-set rose-gold Turban Ornament (Jiqa), Persia, 19th Century. Estimate £20,000 – 30,000 (€26,000 – 39,000). Photo Bonhams.
set with rubies, carved emeralds, rose-cut diamonds and a garnet, in the form of an openwork floral garland with pair standing lion and suns flanking a Qajar crown with elaborate plume, the centre set with a large emerald carved with a flowerhead, the crown set with rubies and emeralds, the base of the plume with a large diamond and emerald to either side, the feathers tipped with emeralds, with four suspended emeralds carved in the form of leaves and a garnet bead below; 12.5 x 6 cm. excl. suspensions
Provenance: Swiss private collection.
Notes: By the middle of the 19th Century in Qajar Persia, gem-set head ornaments of this type were fashionable amongst the royal and elite families, frequently depicted adorning the turbans or black hats which were popular attire for men. They were also worn as hair ornaments amongst women. They served as clasps to secure ornamental plumes, or as jewelled imitations of such plumes as in this case.
Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 7 Oct 2014 10:30 BST. LONDON, NEW BOND STREET