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Sotheby's Sale: N07919 | Location: New York
Auction Dates: Session 1: Fri, 19 Sep 03 10:15 AM

LOT 30 (of 108)
AN AZERBAIJAN SILK EMBROIDERY FRAGMENT
DATE OF OBJECT
early 18th century

5,0007,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 5,100 USD

MEASUREMENTS
approximately 2ft. 8in. by 3ft. 3in. (0.81 by 0.99m.)

DESCRIPTION
DATE OF OBJECT
early 18th century

CATALOGUE NOTE
This fragment is one of a group of Azerbaijan embroideries worked in surface darning with designs based on Safavid court workshop brocaded silks, velvets and silk kilims. Related embroideries include Kirchheim, E. Heinrich, Orient Stars, London, 1993, nos. 45 and 51, Concaro, Edoardo and Levi, Alberto (eds.), Sovrani Tappeti, Milan, 1999, no. 75, p. 96 and Sotheby's London, 18 October 1995, lot 2. For a thorough discussion of Caucasian embroideries see Wearden, Jennifer, "A Synthesis of Contrasts", Hali, Issue 59, pp.102 - 111. Jennifer Wearden classifies such embroideries by structure, either cross-stitch, surface darning or surface darning on the diagonal. The current example is executed in surface darning with outlines worked in running stitch and is therefore classified as Group 2. For a Group 2 embroidery in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, inv. no. 975-1889 see Wearden (ibid.), no. 10. Such embroideries are a fascinating product of the synthesis of Safavid Persian Court design and Azerbaijani craftsmanship