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Bonhams London: Islamic and Indian Art and Carpets, 8 October 2013

This autumn, in addition to the full range of antique Islamic and Indian works of Art, including textiles, Bonhams’ major Bond Street sale on Tuesday 8th October also offers a small number (20 lots only) of oriental carpets for the first time.

The most interesting of the carpets is a well-worn early 18th century Caucasian blossom and palmette carpet, lot 182, estimated at £30-40,000. The rest of the consignment consists of 19th and 20th century furnishing pieces from Persia and India.

Indian and Islamic Lot 182

Lot 182. Early 18th century Karabagh carpet, South Caucasus, 480cm x 228cm
Estimate: £30,000 – 40,000

The textile offering begins with a trio of ‘Sogdian’ silk samite fragments from the 8th century, depicting within roundels confronting winged horses (lot 6, £60-80,000), lions (lot 7, £80-120,000) and cockerels (lot 11, 80-120,000). There is also a rare pair of 14th/15th century Central Asian cotton trouser legs embroidered with silk (lot 36, £15-20,000).


Lot 6. Woven silk Textile Fragment depicting winged horses
Sogdiana, Central Asia, circa 8th Century. Woven in red, blue, green and cream silks with a large scale pearl roundel, enclosing two confronted winged horses standing on a winged split palmette, standing with front legs raised, the bodies with geometric and heart-shaped motifs, pearl bands around their necks, joined to a part roundel above by a rosette plaque, the interstices with stylised lotus flowers, attached to a golden colour silk textile with lozenge design, mounted, 65 x 39.4 cm. max. Estimate: £60,000 – 80,000


Lot 7. Woven silk Textile Fragment depicting lions, Sogdiana, Central Asia, circa 8th Century. Woven in red, blue and cream silks, depicting a large scale roundel enclosing two confronted lions standing on the back of two paired horses, between the lions a lotus, the roundel composed of a foliate and palmette bands, the corners with part-roundels containing paired deer standing on a stylised winged palmette, mounted. 85 x 73.5 cm. max. Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000


Lot 11. Woven silk Textile Fragment depicting paired cockerels
Sogdiana, Central Asia, circa 8th Century, woven in red, blue, green and cream, depicting two large scale roundels enclosing paired cockrels with elaborate tail feathers, within three pearl bands, the interstices with partial floral quatrefoil motifs, mounted .100 x 44 cm. max. Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000

More recent textiles include: a 16th century Safavid silk lampas fragment with falconers (lot 87, £10-15,000), a late-18th century Azerbaijan embroidered panel (lot 93, £5,000-7,000); an Ottoman çatma panel (lot 48, £15-25,000); 17th-18th century Ottoman provincial embroideries from North Africa and Epirus (lots 66-7), a group of 19th century Central Asian suzanis (lots 76-8), and a selection of 18th-19th century Coromandel Coast chintz trade cloths (lots 212-4), the last of which is a figurative panel depicting scenes from the Ramayana (£1,500-2,000).

Lot 67

Lot 67. Provincial Ottoman embroidered panel, North Africa, possibly Algiers, late 17th-early 18th Century. Silk darning on a local cotton lawn weave, mounted. 226 x 39 cm. Estimate: £8,000 – 12,000

Lot 76

Lot 76. Tashkent Oi Paliak Suzani , Uzbekistan, second half 19th Century. The cotton field (karbos) with satin-stitch embroidery in silk and wool. 237 x 190cm. Estimate: £3,000 – 4,000

Lot 68

Lot 68. Ottoman silk embroidered linen Panel, Epirus, circa 1750. Natural linen field profusely embroidered in polychrome silks with panels of large flower-filled serrated leaves, the borders with flowers, backed. 366 x 200 cm. Estimate: £10,000 – 15,000

lot 48

Lot 48. Ottoman metal thread silk Velvet , Bursa, Turkey, 16th Century. Silk ground woven with silver thread, design of two overlapping ogival lattices, the lower with stems bearing pomegranates, the upper with an interlacing rope with palmette-filled flowerheads, the interspaces in-filled with meandering floral and foliate stems of pomegranates and hibiscus flowers, mounted .143 x 64 cm. Estimate: £15,000 – 25,000

Indian and Islamic Lot 93

Lot 93. Late Safavid silk-embroidered panel Azerbaijan, northwest Persia, late 18th Century. 184 x 122 cm. Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000

Indian and Islamic Lot 78

Lot 78. Bukhara suzani, Uzbekistan, 19th Century. Estimate: £3,000 – 4,000

Indian and Islamic Lot 87

Lot 87. Safavid silk and gilt-thread lampas weave fragment depicting mounted falconers amongst a landscape of trees, flowering plants and birds. Persia, 16th Century. 70 x 100 cm. Estimate: £8,000 – 12,000

Indian and Islamic Lot 217

Lot 217. Silk and metal-thread woven Panel, Northern India, late 19th Century.
Woven in polychrome silks on a gold colour ground with horizontal bands depicting a maiden holding a flower within an arch, and above and below a band with paired birds on floral sprays, the outer borders with trellis containing birds and elephants, framed. 43.6 x 111.5 cm.Estimate: £3,000 – 5,000


Indian and Islamic Lot 214

Lot 214. Resist and mordant dyed cotton Panel depicting scenes from the Ramayana, India, Coromandel Coast, 18th/ 19th Century. Natural cotton ground with decoration in red and black, upper and lower margins. approx. 544 x 96 cm. Estimate: £1,500 – 2,000




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