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Now and Then! Sotheby's Tabriz Persian Carpet: Now Lot 208 in 2008, Then Lot 230 in 1984

Sotheby's 2008 Northwest Tabriz compared to 1984


NOW: 2008 

Sotheby's "Carpets," June 11, 2008 Catalog

Sotheby's June 11, 2008. New York, Lot 208:

"A tabriz carpet, NORTHWEST PERSIA

circa 1900.  partially reselvaged.

APPROXIMATELY 26 FT. 6 IN. BY 18 FT. 3 IN. (8.07 BY 5.56M.)"

Estimate: $60,000 - 80,000 

SOLD: $68,500 (including 25% buyer premium)

2008 Sotheby's Lot 208 NW Tabriz*Sotheby's Lot 208 June 11th, 2008 New York City. Sold for $68,500 including 25% buyer premium


THEN: 1984 

Sotheby's Saturday May 19, 1984 Fine Rugs and Carpets Sale

Sotheby's May 19, 1984. New York, Lot 230:

"TABRIZ CARPET, Northwestern Persia,

possibly Hajiyalil [Hadji, Haj Jalili], circa 1875Approximately 26 feet 7 inches (8.11 m.) x 18 feet 3 inches (5.57 m.)"

Estimate: $40,000 / 50,000 


Sotheby's 1984 Lot 1984 Tabriz*Sotheby's Lot 230 May 19th, 1984 New York City. Passed (@ $40,000?)

These two lots are the same rug as indicated by Sotheby's Provenance.  We did see this rug in person in June before the auction, and it was a very nice looking piece in great condition.  According to the auction results provided on June 18, 1984, the carpet apparently did not sell.  However, results in 2008 were much different, and the carpet did fetch just above the expected minimum estimate after buyer premium.  The attribution and estimated age were the only real discrepancies between the two lots.  In 1984, Sotheby's hinted at the rug being a Haj Jalili carpet, and was advertised as being from 1875 or so.  In 2008, no such attribution was mentioned, and the age was "circa 1900."

Border Comparison between 2008 and 1984 Tabriz  

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