• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    A TIMURID SILK AND SILVER THREAD COMPOSITE BROCADE PANEL

    IRAN OR POSSIBLY TURKEY, LATE 15TH OR POSSIBLY EARLY 16TH CENTURY

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    A TIMURID SILK AND SILVER THREAD COMPOSITE BROCADE PANEL
    IRAN OR POSSIBLY TURKEY, LATE 15TH OR POSSIBLY EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    The black silk satin ground woven with fine silver thread wave or lip motifs around staggered rows of gilt thread plain roundels, composite from pieces of the same original, some damages, backed
    9¼ x 15¼in. (23.4 x 37.9cm.)


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    The fine scale of drawing, the technique and the limited colour variety all indicate a very early date for this composite textile panel. While Timurid miniatures demonstrate that opulent textiles were very much a feature of court life, remarkably few have survived to the present day, even in fragmentary form (Thomas W. Lentz and Glenn D. Lowry, Timur and the Princely Vision, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., 1989, p.218). The cintamani design was very popular under the Timurids as well as under the early Ottomans. For a discussion of the design please see Gerard Paquin, 'Cintamani', ali 64, August 1992, pp.104-119).

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