Ottoman Turban Stand (Kavukluk)
This polychrome turban stand of oval shape bears cusped edges, and a shelf supported by an s-shaped bracket. It is decorated with carved scrolling motifs recalling the French Rococo style, including a carved central vase design sprouting foliage set against a background of small, delicately painted flowers. The arrangement is flanked by columns, and a raised leafy garland is draped symmetrically across the upper half of the stand.
Turbans were worn by Ottoman court officials and elite members of society, and their shape, colour and style would denote the wearer’s rank. When not being worn, the turbans would be safely stored intact on turban stands.
For a further example of an 18th century Ottoman turban stand, see the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Accession Number M.85.237.95.