10 mars 2009

Jug Inscribed with a Omar Khayyam's Love Poem Discovered in Excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority

The jug inscribed with a Persian love poem. Photo: Clara Amit JERUSALEM.- A fragment of a pottery vessel of Persian provenance that dates to the Middle Ages (12th-13th centuries CE) was discovered in an archaeological excavation directed by Dr. Rina Avner, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in the Old City of Jerusalem, prior to construction by a private contractor. The fragment is treated with a turquoise glaze and is adorned with floral patterns and a black inscription. While studying the artifact prior to... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2009

An Ottoman voided silk velvet and metal thread çatma panel, Bursa or Istanbul, Turkey

An Ottoman voided silk velvet and metal thread çatma panel, Bursa or Istanbul, Turkey, late 16th/early 17th century the rich crimson voided silk velvet ground with an overall repeating pattern of offset rows of silver coloured crescent medallions, each medallion enclosing a golden serrated sun motif, and issuing pendant small feathered palm motifs. two loom widths, joined on the central axis, mounted on a stretcher. approximately 168 by 127cm. Estimate 160,000—200,000 USD PROVENANCE: Kelekian Collection LITERATURE AND... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2009

A fine and rare Ottoman carved rosewood and ivory star panel, Turkey, Circa 1500

A fine and rare Ottoman carved rosewood and ivory star panel, Turkey, Circa 1500 of ten-pointed design carved with a stylised flowerhead made up of alternating fleurs-de-lis and entwining foliate motifs, with an outer border of thin ivory fillets set into a wooden ground, traces of red and blue pigment. 11.5cm. max. diam. Estimate 40,000—60,000 USD NOTE: This exceptional ivory element must originally have been part of a large composition of interlocking tiles of various shapes, forming a complex geometric pattern decorating... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2009

A rare monumental Iznik calligraphic tile, Turkey, Circa 1565

A rare monumental Iznik calligraphic tile, Turkey, Circa 1565 of rectangular form, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue, turquoise and relief red, outlined in black, with a lobed cartouche containing calligraphic inscription adorned with foliate motifs on a clear white background, the left-hand corners with arabesque motifs set against a blue ground. 31.5 by 55cm. Estimate 400,000—500,000 USD NOTEinscriptionsParts of an inscription ending with: ya raziq al-'ibad'O The Provider for [Your] servants!' This outstanding... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2009

A Safavid blue and white dish, Persia, Circa 1500

A Safavid blue and white dish, Persia,  Circa 1500 of rounded form, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue against a clean white with a large central medallion enclosing a hare set under a curving tree, the cavetto depicting floral sprays, with a wave-like pattern along the rim. 32.3cm. diam. Estimate 130,000—180,000 USD PROVENANCE: ex-Private Collection, Paris NOTE: This beautiful dish is one of the best known examples of early blue and white Safavid pottery. A hare is set under a tree amidst a rocky... [Lire la suite]
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04 mars 2009

Inaugural Sale of Arts of the Islamic World @ Sotheby's in Doha

A Safavid voided silk velvet, metal thread strip and bouclé figural panel, Persia Estimated $250,000 – 350,000. Photo: Courtesy Sotheby's LONDON.- Sotheby’s first ever Arts of the Islamic World auction in the Middle East, which takes place on March 19th 2009 will feature a number of exceptional and rare works spanning nearly 1,000 years from cultures as diverse as those from North Africa, the Middle East and Iran. Among the highlights of the sale are the Pearl Carpet of Baroda, a masterpiece of pearls and jewels from... [Lire la suite]