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A COMPOSITE SAFAVID SILK AND METAL THREAD BROCADE PANEL
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 1… Read more The following eleven lots come from a private collection, and demonstrate the diversity and skill of the textile industry in Iran between the 17th and 19th centuries. Both as luxuries, produced to delight the local court and as commodities sought by mercantile traders, textiles were an important part of Safavid society. Travel journals describe Kashan, Yazd, Isfahan and Tabriz at the centres of the silk industry. Such was the intense production that Sir Thomas Herbert, in his Travels in Persia, 1627-1629, remarked that "here are full manufactures of silks, satins and cloth of gold curiously wrought and coloured, no better in the world" (quoted in Carol Bier (ed.), Woven from the Soul, Spun from the Heart. Textile Arts of Safavid and Qajar Iran 16th-19th Centuries, Washington D.C., 1987, p. 21).
A COMPOSITE SAFAVID SILK AND METAL THREAD BROCADE PANEL

IRAN, 17TH CENTURY

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A COMPOSITE SAFAVID SILK AND METAL THREAD BROCADE PANEL
IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form, the gold ground woven with offset rows of floral sprays in which a single bird, possibly a bulbul, perches and above which a butterfly flies, a small gazelle looks up from a rocky mound below, later applied brocade border of scrolling floral vine, outer striped brocade edging, backed with printed cotton, composite
27 x 15 7/8in. (68.5 x 40.2cm.)
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.

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For another textile with a similar bird in rosebush design, see lot 243.

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