25 avril 2022

Islamic Prayer Rugs

Prayer Rug, 1570s-1590s, Safavid, Iran, Museum of Islamic Arts, Qatar. Most of these preserved rugs were intended as diplomatic gifts from the Safavid court to the Ottomans. The poetic inscription on the border is in nasta`liq script, in Persian verse & includes the name of Sultan Murad. Prayer Rug, 16th century, Turkey, Walters Art Museum. This Ottoman rug depicts a floral pattern. While the central arch has no columns to reflect the prayer niche, the arrangement of the blossom pattern is a kind of floral translation of... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2022

Calligraphy Leaves, Ottoman Turkey, 19th century

Golden Calligraphy Leaf, Ottoman Turkey, 19th century. Calligraphy Leaf, Ottoman Turkey, 19th century. Aga Khan Museum Chestnut leaf inscribed with a Qur’anic verse from Surat al-Isra’ (“The Night Journey,” Q17:80), which reads: “And say, ‘Lord grant me a good entrance and a goodly exit, and sustain me with Your power.” Calligraphy Leaf, Ottoman Turkey, 19th century. Arabic composition in gold on a natural leaf, the text comprising the Shahadah in intertwining thuluth script. Calligraphy Leaf, Ottoman Turkey, 19th... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2022

'Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands' at at the Toledo Museum of Art (23 April – 17 July)

Persian, Feline, 19th century, bronze; cast 4 1/4 x 6 11/16 2 9/16 in. (10.8 x 17 x 6.5 cm), The Hossein Afshar Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; photo: © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Celebrating the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Persian civilization, Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands features over 100 works from the sixth to the nineteenth century drawn from the preeminent Persian art collection of Hossein Afshar. Persia refers to the historic lands in southwestern Asia... [Lire la suite]
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11 avril 2022

A highly rare polychrome Iznik tile with confronted birds, Turkey, circa 1575

Lot 132. A highly rare polychrome Iznik tile with confronted birds, Turkey, circa 1575; 25 by 25cm. Lot sold: 655,200 GBP (Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 GBP). © Sotheby's 2022 of square form painted in underglaze cobalt blue, green and relief red, outlined in black, decorated with two birds perched either side of a fountain dispensing a hyacinth bouquet, surrounded with arabesques of scrolling saz leaves and flowers. Provenance: Private collection, England, first half 20th century-2015. Acquired by... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2022

Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs at Harvard University

Cushion cover with tiraz inscription, Egypt, early 9th century. Wool and linen: tapestry weave. Cleveland Museum of Art, J. H. Wade Fund, 1959.48, TL42343.6. © Cleveland Museum of Art. Discover what textiles made and worn in medieval Egypt tell us about connection and belonging in a diversifying world. From swaddling newborns to enshrouding the deceased, woven fabrics touch nearly every aspect of human existence. The textiles in this exhibition are particularly meaningful, for they tell a bigger story about political and... [Lire la suite]
01 janvier 2022

1st January meant a hearty feast at home. A prince feasting, (a large platter laid out, fruits included) outside a pavilion with his courtiers by Salim Quli, ca.1600-05;Courtesy Francesca Galloway Ltd.
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21 novembre 2021

Céramique islamique de la Collection Philippe Magloire chez Ader, 25 novembre 2021

  Lot 252. Coupe en faïence à décor de coulures de glaçure verte, Irak abbasside, Basra, IXe siècle. Diamètre : 19,9 cm ; hauteur : 5,6 cm. Estimation :  2 000 € - 3 000 €. Courtesy Ader Large coupe sur pied circulaire en faïence à décor de quatre coulures de glaçure verte sur fond blanc. Restaurations. A splash-painted earthenware bowl, Abbasid Iraq, 9th centuryProvenance : Collection Philippe Magloire. Lot 253. Coupe en faïence à décor d’inscription bleue, Iran ou Irak abbasside,... [Lire la suite]
02 novembre 2021

Ottoman Turkey Iznik pottery sold at Christie's London, 28 October 2021

 Lot 86. An Iznik pottery jug, Ottoman Turkey, circa 1580; 9in. (22.8cm.) high. Price realised GBP 106,250 (Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2021 The accentuated baluster body decorated in cobalt-blue, green and bole-red on white ground with blue fish-scale motifs, overlaid by alternating red lobed panels and green and red cintamani motifs. Provenance: Purchased by present owner in 1980. Note: The use of elegant fish-scale pattern which covers... [Lire la suite]
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29 octobre 2021

A Kashan pottery bowl with stylised leaf motifs, Persia, early 13th century

Lot 181. A Kashan pottery bowl with stylised leaf motifs, Persia, early 13th century; 19.5cm. diam. Lot sold: 16,380 GBP (Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP). © 2021 Sotheby's of truncated conical form with flaring walls and straight vertical foot, the fritware body painted in blue with black outlines and dots under a transparent glaze, decorated with split palmettes, the exterior divided with stripes featuring stylised vegetal motifs. Provenance: Christie's London, 25 April 1995,... [Lire la suite]
29 octobre 2021

A Kashan blue, black and white conical pottery bowl, Persia, 13th century

Lot 180. A Kashan blue, black and white conical pottery bowl, Persia, 13th century; 9cm. height; 19cm. diam. Lot sold: 3,780 GBP (Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP). © 2021 Sotheby's the earthenware body of deep conical form, painted with radiating cobalt blue stripes, black circular inscriptive band to centre of interior and along the exterior near the rim. Provenance: Ex-collection Bonar Hugh Charles Sykes, M.A. (1922-99)For further details on Sykes, see lot 176.  Note: Two exquisite... [Lire la suite]