Antoine-Ignace Melling's Inside the Harem of the Sultan, 1810, the Orientalist Museum, Qatar Museums, Doha
Melling, a German architect and painter, lived in Constantinople for 18 years, becoming architect to Sultan Selim III and his sister Hatice Sultan and thereby gaining access to the Sultan's Harem.
Antoine-Ignace Melling, Inside the Harem of the Sultan, c. 1810. Orientalist Museum, Qatar Museums. From Orientalist Museum, Qatar.
Emerald aigrettes and brooches by Cartier and Iribe/Linzeler (Paris) made for Indian taste now in the collection of Qatari prince Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani on view at the Met, NY
Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 28 October 2014-25 January 2015, and to be presented as Bejewelled Treasures: the Al Thani Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 21 November 2015-28 March 2016.
Aigrette (turban ornament) designed by Paul Iribe, made by Robert Linzeler in Paris, 1910, platinum set with emerald, sapphires, diamonds, and pearls, 9 x 5.6 x 1.5 cm. The Al-Thani Collection. From Met, NY.
Cartier, Brooch with carved emeralds and diamonds, 1925 (modified by Cartier in 1927), platinum set with emeralds, diamonds, and enamel, 4.4 x 6.7 cm (15.65 ct central curved cabochon emerald). The Al-Thani Collection. From Met, NY.
Cartier (made in London), Shoulder brooch, 1924 (pendant tassel re-created from original records by Cartier workshops, Paris, 2012), brooch: platinum set with emeralds, rubies, diamonds, enamel, and gold & tassel: pearls and onyx beads, with tassel 15.3 (brooch only 3.3) x 7cm. The Al-Thani Collection. From Met, NY.
Cartier, Emerald aigrette with carved scene of the Ramayana (depicts Rama, Sita, and Hanuman), 2012, platinum set with emeralds and diamonds, 19.5 x 7.4 cm with central 380.89 ct emerald. The Al-Thani Collection. From Met, NY.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.