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A RARE BAKSHAISH NICHE RUG, NORTHWEST PERSIA

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Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 GBP

Property from Eberhart Herrmann

A RARE BAKSHAISH NICHE RUG, NORTHWEST PERSIA

A RARE BAKSHAISH NICHE RUG, NORTHWEST PERSIA

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 GBP

Lot sold:

18,750

GBP

Property from Eberhart Herrmann


A RARE BAKSHAISH NICHE RUG, NORTHWEST PERSIA


mid 19th century


the central niche with an uncommon white field, decorated with a stylised willow and supporting an unusual depiction of a chandelier with flaming candles. Please see additional cataloguing note on sothebys.com.


approximately 157 by 132 cm.


Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers for this sale is not applicable to this lot.

Pile overall is very good, 2-3 mm with some minute spots with one or two knotheads appearing. Upper end blue outer guard stripe with minor restorations, ends with blue herringbone tape stitched to reverse and with hanging loops attached at the upper end. Sidecords partially restored. This lovely rare rug is ready for use or display. Additional images are available from the department on request.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Please note that this is a rug of Iranian Origin, and due to recent changes in the U.S. law, carpets and rugs of Iranian/Persian origin can no longer be imported into the U.S.

Sotheby's New York, 20 January, 2012, Lot 132

There are a small number of Bakshaish niche rugs, with a field decorated with multiple trees and urns, usually on a dark blue ground such as the piece from The Collection of Robert P. Hendrikson, Sotheby’s New York, 31 January 2014, lot 155 and the example illustrated in James D. Burns, Visions of Nature, Iceland, 2010, pp. 50-51, pl. 8. This design with a single tree on a white ground is perhaps unique. Herrman comments on this rug: “This charming piece with a rare white ground inner field, in contrast to those with a dark ground, presents the moon tree design defining the path through many cosmic moon levels. The tip of the gateway is the starting point for the inclined vertical axis 91.5°/271.5° while the niche itself is directed to the vertical 90° axis, while the niche angle is 90° - 3°. Left and right side have slightly different geometries caused by angular lines 48.8°/134.3° in relation to the moon declination angle from the tip of the gateway. Slowly we will become aware of the enormous work the naqshbandis (the connoisseurs of astromathematics) provided in the naqqash chanehs over more than 800 years.”


Please note that due to recent changes in the U.S. law, carpets and rugs of Iranian/Persian origin can no longer be imported into the U.S