12 October 1999
AN ARMENIAN PARCEL GILT SILVER PROCESSIONAL STANDARD HEAD (FLABELLUM)
The upper section formed of two addorsed repouss silver panels each worked with a large figure of the seraphim, the central head surrounded by six wings, on a tapering tubular shaft with upper boss engraved with dense flowering vine on a matted ground
18.7/8in. (47.8cm.) high
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A comparable flabellum is at Etchmiadzin (Nersessian, Dr. Sirarpie Der (intro. by): Treasures of Etchmiadzin, Etchmiadzin, 1984, not paginated).
The proceeds from the sale of this lot will go to the Turkish Earthquake Fund.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘