AN OTTOMAN VOIDED SILK VELVET AND METAL-THREAD (ÇATMA) PANEL, TURKEY, BURSA OR ISTANBUL, CIRCA 1600
with a repeating design of metal-thread fan shaped carnations each with seven serrated petals, supported by palm leaves, on a crimson silk velvet ground, with a complementary border formed by the overlaying frame formed of two open stripes at both the inner and outer edges, mounted and set in plexiglass frame
168 by 125.5cm. framed
Overall measurements: 123cm across the top, 124cm across the bottom, 170cm along left side, 171cm along right side Comprised of two joined panels, with vertical join up the centre, through both lower and upper borders. this is commensurate with manufacturing technique of joining loom width pieces together. The composition matches and is balanced and complete, and includes the outer selvedges at the sides. There is a section across the lower end of the right hand panel which is later machine stitched panel, approximately 8cm. high, and 62cm long (width of the right hand panel) and includes the selvedge along the lower edge and small section of right hand vertical edge. The top selvedge and top right corner are also later machine areas. Cerise pile (approx.1mm) with some wear in areas, and some evidence in areas of the motifs of remaining green pile, to inner edges. Most metal-thread now lacking, and that which remains is tarnished. There are some hand repairs, especially to corners and up the central join and machine stitched even consolidation stitching to the ground. Stable condition. Caramel coloured silk backing. Interlining which makes piece slightly stiff but is supporting the textile. Set onto modern mount with plexiglas frame. Interesting piece as research panel, and complete composition. As viewed.
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Ex-collection Bernheimer Family, Burg Marqarstein, Germany, sold in these rooms, 5 November 2015, lot 175.
Such panels were originally used as hangings or divan covers in wealthy households in Istanbul. Its central fan-shaped carnation palmette is one of the most popular motifs found in çatma velvets. Çatmas identical to the present one are in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon (inv.no. 1425) and the Polish National Museum, Kracow (inv.no. XIX-4525). For further comparable examples, see Atasoy et al, 2001, fig.348. For velvets featuring different variations of the carnation palmette as the dominant motif see ibid. figs.342-7.
Another çatma panel bearing a similar design, from the collection of Argine Benaki Salvago, was sold in these rooms, 26 April 2017, lot 140