A VOIDED SILK VELVET METAL-THREAD (CATMA) PANEL WITH VEGETAL LATTICE AND CROWNS, TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY
metal threads on a silk cream ground, dark red voided velvet details and ground, with ogival foliate lattice combined with crowns interspersed by combined foliate palmettes, mounted
170 by 62.5cm.
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, minor tears and fraying affecting mainly the edges and corners, with associated restoration and consolidation, losses to metal threads revealing cream ground, mounted on frame for hanging, 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.
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Lisbet Holmes Textiles, London, 19 January 1984.
The crown motif linking the vines on this example is so European that scholars at first thought that this confirmed an Italian place of production rather than Turkish. Technically though, these textiles are firmly grounded in an Ottoman manufacturing style. Two loom widths, probably from the same cloth, are in the Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, inv. no. 1200-1/2 (Atasoy 2001, pp.136-7, no. 89).
A velvet panel with the same design was sold in these rooms, Sotheby's Berkeley Trust Collection, 12 October 2004, lot 39. The catalogue note relates to a 'brocade' with the same motif worn by Johann Cuspinian (d. 1529) in a portrait by Bernard Strigel (d. 1528) providing a dating ante-quem to the sixteenth century.