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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 216

    A SAFAVID SILK AND SILVER THREAD LAMPAS PANEL

    IRAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

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    A SAFAVID SILK AND SILVER THREAD LAMPAS PANEL
    IRAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
    The metal-thread ground woven with cream, blue, green, pink and brown silk threads in a repeated pattern of a richly dressed standing noble with kneeling attendant proffering pomegranates against a foliate background with blossoming trees and flowering shrubs, areas of slight wear
    18½ x 22½in. (47 x 57cm.)


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    A 16th century lampas silk panel with a design from the same cartoon on a golden ground is in the State Hermitage Musuem, (Iran in the Hermitage (in Russian), exhibition catalogue, St Petersburg, 2004, p.162, no.203). A second panel of the same lampas as that was in the Kelekian collection (A. U. Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, Oxford, 1938, pl.1013A).

    The general subject of a noble and attendant is also known in another variant. A Safavid silk and gold brocade, from the Rosenborg Palace Collection, Copenhagen depicts a child offering a flower to his prince; the ground is filled with foliage, flowers and exotic birds, (Hali, Issue 35, 1987, p.65).

    Four panels of the same textile have recently been on the market. All probably came from the same original coat or hanging. These were in Sotheby's, London, 5 April 2006, lot 125, which was sold with a carbon date test result consistent with the proposed dating; Sotheby's London, 24 October 2007, lot 364 (a composite small panel), and in these Rooms, 23 October 2007, lot 173. This last one was the largest of all the panels to have appeared. Please see also lot 219 in this sale.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the photograph in the catalogue is incorrect and should correspond for that of lot 219. This has been corrected on lotfinder.