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PROPERTY FROM THE ALEXANDER COLLECTION

An Eastern Anatolian runner fragment, possibly Nevşehir
ACCÉDER AU LOT
78

PROPERTY FROM THE ALEXANDER COLLECTION

An Eastern Anatolian runner fragment, possibly Nevşehir
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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An Eastern Anatolian runner fragment, possibly Nevşehir
approximately 179 by 69cm; 5ft. 10in., 2ft. 3in.
16th century or earlier
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Provenance

Purchased by the present owner 1985

Bibliographie

Alexander, C., A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York, 1993, pp. 120 - 126, ill. pp. 121 & 123 (detail).

Alexander. C., 'Early Turkish Rugs A New Way of Looking', Hali, April, 1991, issue 56, p. 120 & 5 (detail).

Description

This runner fragment is one of the more striking and poignant within the collection. The repeat scrolling blue leaves against the ivory ground is almost unique and aging the work is difficult; it is quite possibly an earlier weave than stated. Alexander believed it to be a Seljuk work of the 13th century. A runner with differing colours yet utilising similar design is illustrated in Herrmann. E., Seltene Orienteppiche IX, Munich, 1987, pp. 86 & 87, pl. 35. Herrmann concurs that the design of his example originates from Anatolia and attributes it to Kuba from the weave. He also likens his runner to one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 08.208.2. The Metropolitan example is attributed to Azerbaijan, 18th century, and the Herrmann, to the 17th or 18th century. It is interesting that both of these examples, which share such unusual and rare field design, should be attributed to centres so far from Nevşehir - where Alexander states he was told it came from, Alexander, 'Foreshadowing', op.cit, p. 120. The Alexander runner is a magnificent and rare example and like so many within this collection gives rise to further questioning.

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