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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 164

    AN OTTOMAN VOIDED SILK VELVET AND METAL THREAD PANEL

    BURSA OR ISTANBUL, TURKEY, LATE 16TH OR FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN OTTOMAN VOIDED SILK VELVET AND METAL THREAD PANEL
    BURSA OR ISTANBUL, TURKEY, LATE 16TH OR FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY
    The crimson velvet ground worked with staggered rows of silver seven-petalled carnations each issuing from a tulip flowerhead, and flanked by paired everted leaves, overlaid by a narrow stripe border, slight wear, particularly is a couple of areas of the metal thread, mounted, stretched and glazed
    74 x 48½in. (188 x 123cm.)


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    There are a number of variants of this design which were woven at the Ottoman Court velvet manufacturies. While the arrangement remains similar, with diagonal rows of carnations spreading over into the border, there are a number of small details which differ. The number of petals varies, as does the base of the flowerhead, and the leaves that spread either side. Lastly the minor motif, here a group of three small flowers, varies. A similar velvet panel sold at Sotheby's London, 5 April 2006, lot 51, the note to which gives the references to a number of further examples. To that list can be added two with Francesca Galloway (Asian Textiles, Indian Miniatures and Works of Art, exhibition catalogue, London, 2000, nos. 9 and 10, pp.24-27). The second of these has the same secondary motifs as is found here, and also the tulip flowerhead from which the carnation springs.

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