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)
*Sotheby's Lot 208 June 11th, 2008 New York City. Sold for $68,500 including 25% buyer premium
Sotheby's May 19, 1984. New York, Lot 230:
"TABRIZ CARPET, Northwestern Persia,
possibly Hajiyalil [Hadji, Haj Jalili], circa 1875. Approximately 26 feet 7 inches (8.11 m.) x 18 feet 3 inches (5.57 m.)"
Estimate: $40,000 / 50,000
*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."