• Indian & Islamic Works of Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 5836

    Indian & Islamic Works of Art & Textiles

    9 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 567

    A SUPERB SUSANI OR BED COVER

    RUSSIA, SHAKRISZABZ REGION, MID 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SUPERB SUSANI OR BED COVER
    RUSSIA, SHAKRISZABZ REGION, MID 19TH CENTURY
    embroidered in Roumanian couched stich (khanda khoil) with a lattice field flanked by a border of exuberant five-branched 'oil lamp' medallions
    90in. x 70in. (216cm. x 168cm.)


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    This region of Central Asia produces embroideries of superb quality chiefly but not exclusively characterised by the richness of the colour palette. The drawing of this example is very crisply executed and unusually 'tidy'. See From Thrace to Tartary, Black & Loveless, 1981, Catalogue Number 19 for another example with a lattice field. This susani is unusual in leaving the diaper pattern in reserve rather than drawn as a leaf lattice.

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