8 April 2008
A SAFAVID SILK AND METAL THREAD BROCADE PANEL
IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form, the dark blue satin ground woven with cloudbands between offset rows of large plant springing flowerheads and tulips woven in coloured silk and metallic thread, repairs in the upper corners of the panel, areas of wear, mounted
13¾ x 28¼in. (35.4 x 71.5cm.)
F.R. Martin, acquired before 1931
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The International Exhibition of Persian Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1931, cat. no. 332 G, see catalogue p. 203. Lent by Dr. F.R. Martin, Florence (exhibition label still on the textile).
Another panel from the same textile is in the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, (Reingard Neumann and Gerhard Murza, Persische Seiden: Die Gewebekunst der Safawiden und ihrer Nachfolger, Leipzig, 1988, cat. no. 185, fig. 187.
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