A magnificent antique Syrian Quran stand dating from the late 19th century, ideal as a newspaper or magazine stand. This beautiful folding lectern, or ‘rahla’, was made in Syria during the late 19th century from intricately carved hardwood (similar to teak) and inlaid with mother of pearl. It has a section of script to the base and is cut from a single piece of wood, interwoven through slots so that it folds and unfolds.
Although the form is of a Quran stand, these were often made for British customers for use as magazine or newspaper stands. These types of stands were also imported and retailed by Liberty & Co in the late 19th Century as illustrated in their 1860-90s catalogues. The carving and inlay on this example is particularly good.
Good colour and patina. Wear and marks commensurate with age. Structurally solid and sturdy.
Depth at Feet Open: 70cm
Height to Top Open: 46cm
Depth Closed: 3cm
Height Closed: 74cm
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