Islamic Art

Three of a Kind: Arts of the Islamic World

By Sotheby's
The upcoming Arts of the Islamic World auction sees an incredible depth and variety of items that span more than 1,200 years. Evocative, elaborate and made with exceptional craftsmanship, it includes weaponry, jewelry, ceramics, calligraphy and carpets.

Ahead of the sale, we take a closer look at three of the most exciting lots.

1. This is a rare intact example of Iznik pottery of the 'Golden Horn', or 'Tuğrakeş’, style, typical in its delicate blue and white spiral designs. Last sold at Sotheby’s over thirty years ago, it represents an opportunity to acquire one of the last examples of this early type of Iznik remaining in private hands.

2. This painting is of both historical and art-historical importance. Not only is it one of the few Western images of an Eastern potentate done by a European artist, but it probably also served as a primary source of inspiration for many later portraits, drawings, prints and medals of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

3. This is the earliest dated post-Safavid silk rug known. Ordered for the vice-regent crown prince Baba Khan, the future king, Fath-’ali Shah, it depicts the Vaq or talking tree. In Turkic legend this was a tree with fruits resembling human or animal heads, which talked with one another: “Vaq-vaq.”

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