A VOIDED SILK VELVET METAL-THREAD (CATMA) PANEL WITH LOTUS BLOSSOMS, ITALY, 16TH CENTURY
metal threads on a silk cream ground, dark purplish red voided velvet details and ground, with ogival leafy lattice combined with composite lotus blossoms, mounted
185 by 64.5cm.
Please note: Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers for this sale is not applicable to this lot.
The voided velvet in good condition, most of metal-threads missing revealing silk ground, multiple tears with associated restoration and consolidation, some fraying, the bottom section with tears and associated consolidation, as viewed.
"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."
Michael Goedhuis Ltd., Colnaghi Oriental, London, 18 February 1985.
This magnificent textile panel which at first seems Ottoman, actually belongs to a group of Italian silks made for the Ottoman court (Atasoy 2001, p.187, fig.45). Rather than copying a known Turkish model, this may be what is referred to as an 'adaptation' with elements such as the saz leaves with serrated examples and composite palmettes (ibid). A length of this brocaded fabric in the Musee Historique des Tissus, Lyons, inv.no.29.777, attributed to sixteenth century Italy.