Lefevre & Partners, London, 3 February 1978, lot 1.
Alexander, C., A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York, 1993, p. 245, ill. pp. 51 (detail), 60 & 245.
As Alexander observes in A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art this ‘Lotto’ fragment is rendered unusual by the alternating red and green ground of the rosette and leaf border. This border denotes it as one of the group which were likely not intended for the, ever demanding, western market. Another example of such a weave is in the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, m. 1622 and is illustrated in Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, Rome, 2005, p. 93, cat. No. 21, edited by Stefano Ionescu. The Brukenthal example shares the richness in colour which we see in the offered lot but, whilst also sharing a similar border design, does not have the unusual alternating colour ground. See lot 122 for further discussion of the ‘Lotto’ group.
Overall measurements; Fragment - 119cm across the top, 119cm across the bottom, 81cm the left hand side, 78cm the right hand side. The backing 132 by 68cm.
Image with backing visible online. Wear, losses and replaced sections as visible as lighter colour tones in the image.
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