THE JEWELS, JEWELRY, AND OBJETS D’ART OF SULTAN ABD-UL-HAMID II
ABD-UL-HAMID II. Catalogue des Perles, Pierreries Bijoux et Objets d’Art Précieux. Le tout ayant appartenu à S.M. le Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid II. Paris: George Petit, 1911. Folio (10-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches, 20th-century burgundy cloth, uncut. $1500.
First edition of this 1911 auction catalogue of the jewels and jewelry belonging to Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid II, with 27 photographic plates depicting the finest pieces from the collection. From the collection of renowned gem and jewelry book collector Henry Polissack. Text in French.
Abd-ul-Hamid II was the 34th sultan of the Ottoman Empire. His reign lasted from 1876 to his deposition in 1909, following a military coup. The sultan was known for his impeccable taste in art and culture. He made furniture, translated operas, hosted European performers, and wrote poetry. The jewels and objets d’art presented in this auction catalogue represent an extension of those interests. Abd-ul-Hamid II created a collection that showcased beauty and artisan skill. The Paris auction made them available to the public for purchase after the Sultan was deposed and fled in exile with the jewels. The promotional preface to the catalogue promises to allow access to Arabian dreams and legends. Text in French. Bookplate of Henry Polissack, a book dealer and collector who was known for his collection of books on jewelry and gems. Auction prices realized neatly written in red ink next to each item, including text and plates.