The Girih Treasure Chest explores Islamic pattern through detailed wooden marquetry in brilliant sapphire blue and rich gold tones. Girih is an Islamic decorative art form consisting of geometric lines that create an interlaced framework. Check this magnificent piece by Linley.
The chest perches on a simple sycamore frame which is supported by a forged brass metal stretcher, as if a precious stone in a delicate claw setting.
At the centre of the design lies an eight-pointed star, taken from a beautiful mosaic tile pattern that caught the eye of LINLEY Founder and Chairman David Linley on a visit to Doha, Qatar back in October 2015.
Adorning all façades of the chest, the pattern is created using a specially dyed deep blue ripple sycamore, sycamore and satinwood, which gradually turns from gold to grey to blue in a quasi-crystalline pattern, breaking up as it transitions from the base to the top of the chest.
Finished in elegant high gloss, the design is elevated by the choice of materials – while the undulating grain in the ripple sycamore veneer adds opulence and depth to the pattern, the natural sycamore frame will gradually transform into a beautiful golden hue when exposed to sunlight, gaining richness and character over time.
The inside of the chest is softer but no less striking, using elegant gold and white gold leaf to replicate the exterior geometric pattern.
It was designed to hold jewellery and precious objects, the interior is split into compartments and drawers which features hand-cut dovetails and finished with bronze metal handles inlaid with precious stones.
Typical in a LINLEY masterpiece, there is more than meets the eye: the key for the locked central chamber can be found in a special compartment concealed within the cabinetry, and once the door is open, mirrored glass surfaces give the appearance of infinite distance.
The mirrors also hide a second secret compartment, the ultimate deception and demonstration of the master craftsman’s hand.
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