Beijing to Istanbul: Paintings & Works of Art Online is now open for bidding until Monday, 5 December at 3PM GMT. The auction spans the ancient and fabled trade routes which ran from the Far East through to Europe, offering a fabulous array of works of art from Persia, China and India.
Chinese highlights include the sinuous Song Dynasty ewer and vibrant turquoise Kangxi vase and further ceramic works of art. The Indian section - a charming silver coffee percolator, silvered ‘magic’ bowl and clover leaf box, and a host of splendid Indian miniatures. The beautiful Safavid tiles depicting Shirin spearhead the Persian works.
Rugs & Carpets featured are a torba from Turkmenistan, Persian Heriz carpet and electrifying Caucasian rugs. Anatolian kilims ranging from the 17th to 19th century and both city made and tribal Persian kilims which are highly decorative. Notably included are the beautiful and intricate bridal embroideries from Uzbekistan - one Shakhrisyabz, in particular, is a splendid example.
Further West we include rich and striking contemporary paintings from the Caucasus such Merab Abramishvili’s ‘Flower Gossiper’ and Artashes Abraamyan’s landscapes. The wonderful, oriental inspired, scene by Frederick-Arthur Bridgman represents our European pictures and the sale finishes with a Qur’an script from Andalusia dating to the 13th century.
Furthermore, hidden within the sale, are works in jade from the Mughal Empire, Ottoman daggers and incense burners, and a monumental Syrian or Armenian tray.
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