19 avril 2019

A calligraphic pottery tile with abjad date, Syria, circa 18th century

Lot 233. A calligraphic pottery tile with abjad date, Syria, circa 18th century; frame: 42.6 by 42.6cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the calligraphy and outlines in black with dark blue bands and details on a white ground under a transparent glaze, set in an old wooden frame, with handwritten collector's note to reverse and printed '44' label. Provenance: Ex-private collection, Germany, Prof. Karabauer. inscriptions: 'Drink here what is healing'A foundation tablet for a drain... [Lire la suite]

28 janvier 2019

"Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa" at The Block Museum of Art

EVANSTON, Ill. - An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that reveal the reach of Saharan networks, in a firstof-its-kind show that will open in January. The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University’s “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2019

A silver-inlaid brass bowl, Syria, Damascus, mid-13th century

Lot 2525. A silver-inlaid brass bowl, Syria, Damascus, mid-13th century; 20cm. diam. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 25,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2016. of rounded form with convex sides, incised and silver-inlaid with a calligraphic band near the rim against a scrolling vegetal ground, interspersed by six roundels containing musicians and courtly figures, a line of short lancet leaves below, interior with central roundel of entwined geometric design and old collector's number 'no.167'. ... [Lire la suite]
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10 septembre 2018

Writers, chefs and musicians draw inspiration from Islamic art

Mosque lamp, Syria or Egypt,  1322–1328, glass with enamel painting and gilding, height 32,1 cm. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. THE HAGUE.- This autumn Gemeentemuseum Den Haag showcases the stunning ornamental delights of Islamic art in a new exhibition entitled Splendour and Bliss – Arts of the Islamic World. Literature and the Arabic script are important in the world of Islam, and so too are music, and eating and drinking together. The museum has therefore challenged eighteen writers, chefs and... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

Flacon of blue glass with marvered white-thread decoration, Egypt or Syria, 8th-9th century

Flacon of blue glass with marvered white-thread decoration, Egypt or Syria, 8th-9th century, H: 5.5 cm, Inv. no. 31/2003. © The David Collection. This little flacon, which was used for fragrant oil or balsam, belongs to a well-known type that has been excavated in strata that can be dated to the 8th-9th century. The flacon was made using a technique that goes back to Roman times. The white decoration was created by marvering threads of white glass into the hot, dark basic mass and then “combing” the glass to create a wavy... [Lire la suite]
07 août 2018

Flacon, yellowish and blue-green glass, Syria?, 7th-9th century

Flacon, yellowish and blue-green glass, Syria?, 7th-9th century, H: 10 cm, Inv. no. 49/1979. © The David Collection. This blown flacon was mounted so that it became part of a horse-like animal made of pinched glass. The flacon belongs to a type that is known from Syria during the Roman Era. After an interval, flacons of this kind in the shape of animal figures were made again in the early Islamic period. Unlike the Roman pieces, they were now set into a richer, lace-like decoration of pinched glass, perhaps inspired by the type of... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

Earthenware cup with molded decoration and yellow and green glazes, Iraq or Syria, 8th-9th century

Earthenware cup with molded decoration and yellow and green glazes, Iraq or Syria, 8th-9th century. H: 7; Diam without handle: 13.9 cm, Inv. no. 4/2006. © The David Collection. The cup was given uniform, fairly small-patterned decorations in low relief. This type of decoration was found in the Umayyad period, though most often on unglazed ceramics, and continued under the Abbasids. Decorations like these – with rosettes, a scale-like pattern, etc. – could be applied to the finished piece by repeatedly using one or more... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

Earthenware cup with molded or stamped decoration and a yellow and green glaze, Iraq or Syria, 8th-9th century

Earthenware cup with molded or stamped decoration and a yellow and green glaze, Iraq or Syria, 8th-9th century. H: 7.8; Diam. at top: 12 cm, Inv. no. 26/1995 © The David Collection. Both the shape and the decoration of this cup with a handle were undoubtedly derived from models made of silver, and the prototypes could be both Roman and Sasanian. The type of pottery was already found in the Umayyad period, though most often without a glaze, while this cup was probably made slightly later, under the Abbasids. Decorations like these... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2018

Parchment leaf from a Koran written in early Kufi, Syria, 1st half of 8th century

Parchment leaf from a Koran written in early Kufi, Syria, 1st half of 8th century, 46.5 × 39.9 cm, Inv. no. 26/2003 © The David Collection. The script on this leaf from an early Koran with a vertical format is a precursor of Kufi calligraphy, which was to be the dominant type used for Korans in the 9th century. Almost none of the diacritical marks are found here that were later commonly used to distinguish among consonants and to denote vowels. The leaf (both sides) contains the verses from the end of sura90 to... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2018

An Ayyubid silver-inlaid brass domed cylindrical incense burner, Syria, second half 13th century

  Lot 996. An Ayyubid silver-inlaid brass domed cylindrical incense burner, Syria, second half 13th century; 7 ½ in. (19.1 cm.) high. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 200,000. Price realised USD 432,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.  On tripod hoof feet, the body with a band of nimbate saints in an arcade, the cover with continuous knot roundels and panels, baluster knop, plain quatrefoil for fixing of original handle. Provenance: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, New York.Acquired... [Lire la suite]