Beijing to Istanbul: Designer Coco Fennell’s Picks

Launch Slideshow

The Beijing to Istanbul online sale traces the ancient and fabled trade route from the Far East to Europe via a collection that includes paintings, textiles, rugs and Indian miniatures. To mark the launch, designer Coco Fennell, whose womenswear has been worn by the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora, Lindsay Lohan and Elizabeth Hurley, chooses her picks from the collection. Click ahead to see her highlights and find out what each of the selections means to her.

Beijing to Istanbul: Paintings & Works of Art Online
21 November - 5 December

Beijing to Istanbul: Designer Coco Fennell’s Picks

  • An enamelled silver ewer, Mughal, India, 17th/18th century.
    Estimate £7,000–10,000.
    This has a jewel-like quality to it which I really love. I once went to an amazing tea shop in Morocco where a man sold me a 'special' tea served up from a pot like this. He said it would enhance my romantic life... it hasn't worked so far!

  • A Moulded Qingbai ‘Peony’ Box and Cover, Song Dynasty.
    Estimate £2,000–3,000.
    This Chinese ceramic peony box is beautiful because of the very ornate details. I have always loved ceramics and used to create my own so always like to look at the techniques of how things like this are made.

  • A nobleman with attendant, India, Hyderabad, 18th/19th century.
    Estimate £500–600.
    I love this painting because of the wonderful vibrant colours. I used to manufacture the clothing for my label in India and this reminds me of being there.

  • A courtier with gun, North India, 18th/19th century. Estimate £800–1,000.
    This picture also reminds me of making clothes in India - the beautiful borders of the painting are like sari trims.

  • Lady on bathing stool, India, Deccan, 17th Century.
    Estimate £1,500–2,000.
    I am a night owl and this completely evokes the feeling of night time to me. The beautiful woman and colours of the red and black sky together are magical.

  • A Kangxi turquoise-glazed vase with silver lid, China for the export market, 17th century. Estimate £8,000–12,000.
    This is my absolute favourite colour and shade of blue. I love it so much I’ve dyed my hair this colour! This vase makes me think of the walls in Essaouira, Morocco. I went there on holiday and came back laden with fantastic bowls and tagine pots reminiscent of this, which sit in my flat looking wonderful and unused as I am a terrible cook!

  • A Mughal jade-hilted dagger and scabbard, North India, late 18th century.
    Estimate £3,000–5,000.
    Aesthetically this is such a great piece - every detail of it is perfectly crafted. I love jade, gold and velvet so to me this is perfect.

  • A Shakhrisyabz Susani, Uzbekistan, mid-19th century.
    Estimate £18,000–22,000.
    I have always been very interested in embroidery and use it a lot in my clothing and at home. Nothing brightens up a room more than a colourful textile like this!

  • A Zilu kilim, Central Persia, mid-20th century. Estimate £2,000–3,000.
    This kilim is my favourite! This carpet is particularly wonderful because of its striking colours.

  • Anatoly Shapovalov, Market Day. Estimate £2,000–3,000.
    I’ve spent a lot of time at fantastic Indian, Moroccan and Vietnamese markets hunting for fabrics, trims and inspiration for collections. This scene makes me want to go to one right now.


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