124 Lots coming up to the hammer at Christie's sale 2060 this December 8, 2008. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the viewing. However, we've browsed the online catalogue, and made our top four favorites, let us know what you think!
Lot 99 Sale 2060
A BIDJAR CARPET
West Persia, First Quarter 20th Century
Approximately 11 ft. 2 in. x 9 ft. 5 in. (340 cm. x 287 cm.)
$5,000 - $8,000
Rug Rag Notes on Lot 99, Bidjar Carpet
Very nice example of first quarter 20th century Bidjar Carpet. The size is very workable, measuring approximately 9'x11'. The reason we chose this particular piece as a "top pick" had to do with four main features to the carpet. First, the rug has beautifully reconcilled corners: loosely drawn design elements pointed toward the field in a very expressive manner (shown left). Second, it's not uncommon for Bidjar carpets from this vintage to have a very heavy overtone, however, on this carpet, there is equal balance with no overwhelming implication of overtone. Third, the here-and-there abrash in wrapping blue vines lend a tremendous amount of character and depth in the overall scope of an otherwise consistent rug. Lastly, floral blossoms (seen in top right and left corners of photograph above) feature alternating black and light blue flower petals. Excellent contrast with high emphasis on the working understanding of how adjacent colors can make or break a rug. A beautiful piece.
Lot 64 Sale 2060
AN INDIAN GALLERY CARPET
First Quarter 20th Century
Approximately 17 ft. 4 in. x 5 ft. 11 in. (528 cm. x 180 cm.)
$6,000 - $8,000
(top of photograph accidentally clipped)
Rug Rag Notes on Lot 64, Indian Gallery Carpet
Absolutely outstanding angles in the design elements. Beautiful arbitrary alternation of colors on large palmette
prints (seen below). The size of this particular piece may work against the demand. It's very wide, and particularly long. The border
may prove as a strike against the carpet in regards to the market taste, although we like the narrow border, especially if this is the original size (unsure if sides have been reduced).
Really awesome and somewhat unique example: overall a very fun carpet, yet featuring a bold and stately design. We like it!
Lot 30 Sale 2060
A 'LOTTO' USHAK RUG
West Anatolia, Circa 1600
reduced in length
Approximately 6 ft. 1 in. x 2 ft. 2 in. (185 cm. x 66 cm.)
$20,000 - $30,000
Rug Rag Notes on Lot 30, 'Lotto' Ushak Rug
There are extensive notes on this piece in the Christie's Catalogue. Over the years, there are only going to be fewer and fewer of these very old rugs. We love the colors, in addition to the narrower border. The catalogue does state size has been reduced, however the size of this rug will be very manageable for most collectors and connoisseurs. A very attractive piece.
Lot 75 Sale 2060
A SULTANABAD CARPET
West Persia, Late 19th Century
Approximately 22 ft. 7 in. x 15 ft. 5 in. (688 cm. x 470 cm.)
$50,000 - $80,000
Rug Rag Notes on Lot 75, Sultanabad Carpet:
Very large carpet. Beautiful field color featuring several attractive design elements. We think this rug has some decent potential. The only drawback we see is one very unusual repeating design element which throws us off track, almost reminscent of distorted tennis balls.
We're unsure what sort of flower this is intended to depict (above and right), however, there are 5 pairs of these on either side of center line of the carpet. We think this could very well weigh against the bidding potential, other than unseen conditions (we have not seen this carpet in person).
Overall, we still fond of this rug, and keep you updated!