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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 177

    A SAFAVID SILK AND METAL-THREAD BROCADED PANEL

    IRAN, EARLY 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SAFAVID SILK AND METAL-THREAD BROCADED PANEL
    IRAN, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular form, the ground woven with silver thread with offset rows of alternating saz leaves and palmettes, around them a delicate meandering vine issuing further flowerheads and leaves, one side with original selvage, areas of wear and loss
    65½ x 14¼in. (166.4 x 36.3cm.)


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    This beautiful and very subtly coloured brocade is reminiscent both in terms of colour and design of the silk woven by Ghiyath for the shrine of Sheikh Safi at Ardebil. Both have a silver thread ground woven with palmettes flanked by large vertical salmon-coloured saz leaves, although the Ghiyath example has a much more complicated structure of tendrils linking the elements in a lattice. The Ghiyath example has been dated to circa 1600; this therefore probably comes from the early 17th century.

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