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PROPERTY OF A GERMAN LADY

A' dragon' style carpet, probably by Theodore Tuduc, Romania
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PROPERTY OF A GERMAN LADY

A' dragon' style carpet, probably by Theodore Tuduc, Romania
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A' dragon' style carpet, probably by Theodore Tuduc, Romania

Catalogue Note

For comprehensive discussion and illustration of the development of the distinguishable group of ‘Dragon carpets’, with the characteristic features of the dragon motifs, birds and running animals, cloud bands and exaggerated serrated leaf motifs, all placed symmetrically in relation to the central axis, see Yetkin, (1978) pp.8-40; & Vol. I, plates 1-23.

Many of the later 19th century or 20th century copies made in either the Caucasus or the Balkans, are of a different colour palette to the earlier pieces, and most are mirror image designs, as opposed to the ascending directional pattern of the originals.  Theodore Tuduc (b.1888 – d.1983, fl.1930's) was a renowned carpet restorer, then 'copyist' of Classical rugs, never signed, as designed to imitate. His forgeries rather than being dismissed have become pieces of historical interest. See Ionescu (2012), pp.122-125, for examples of the design of the present rug, inspired by the original published in Bode & Kühnel (1914), pl. 50. 

For two direct comparables with the same design, colouration and border type, see a Tuduc ‘dragon’ rug, mid 20th century (254 by 140cm), see Sotheby’s, New York, 14  April 2016, lot 668, Provenance: Doris Blau, New York, Acquired from Blau by Alfred A. Taubman and virtually identical example, circa 1930 (319 by 181cm), Sotheby’s, London, 1 November 2016, lot 23.  

Yetkin (1978): Yetkin, Şerare, Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, Vol. II, Oguz Press Ltd, London, 1978, Chp. I, Dragon Carpets, pp.8-40; & Vol. I, plates 1-23.

Ionescu (2012): Ionescu, Stefano, Handbook of Fakes by Tuduc – World’s most famous rug forger, Fourth edition, published on occasion of Volkmann-Treffen Symposium, October 2012, Berlin, pp.122-125.

Bode & Kühnel (1914): Bode, Wilhelm & Kühnel, Ernst, Vorderasiatische Knüpfteppiche aus älterer Zeit, 2nd revised edition, Leipzig, 1914, pl.50.  

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