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Ottoman velvet smashes £100 estimate to fetch £46,800 in Sussex Auction

An Ottoman velvet (çatma) panel with an estimate of only £70–£100 sold for £46,800 (including 20% buyers premium) at Bellman’s auctioneers’ Antiques and Interiors sale in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on 6 December 2013 . The burgundy ground textile, richly embellished with metal thread brocading, measures 173cm x 124cm. It is in exceptionally good condition, with only slight losses where the two loom widths are joined up the centre. The lot also included ‘another similar’, not illustrated in the catalogue, but reportedly in seriously compromised condition.

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