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Sothebys Carpet Sale N08597 This December 16, 2009


Sotheby's has just released the online catalogue for their Carpet Sale N08597 coming up this December 16, 2009.

The auction will feature 222 lots.  We're really looking forward to covering this sale.  A few of the pieces with higher estimates which we're really looking forward to seeing:  A Tabriz part cotton carpet - Lot 196 with an estimate of $100,000 - 150,000.  Lot 147: A Pictorial Agra carpet from around 1800 with an $80,000 - 120,000 estimate.  Last, another Agra with a beautiful mauve/purple field, lot 173: estimate $80,000 - 120,000.

A few other interesting pieces are seen below:  A silk Heriz rug with unusual inscription, and a zili sultan from the Barbara Zidell auction in March, 2009.

Silk Heriz with Inscription

Above:  Lot 75

Rug Rag Notes:

We're really looking forward to seeing this piece in person.  If we had the means, this would probably be the rug we bid on for this auction.  Outside of the design, what is particularly unusual about this piece is the inscription, which according to Sotheby's reads as follows: "There are many Satans disguised as humans, therefore, you need not shake everyone's hand."  Pretty wild!  The rug is also dated 1280 (or 1863 by the Julian Calendar.)

Sotheby's Notes:

approximately 6ft. 2in. by 4ft. 7in. (1.88 by 1.40m.)
dated 1280 (1863)
ESTIMATE 30,000 - 35,000 USD
Carpets, Wed, 16 Dec 09, 10:00 AM, Lot 75
knot count per square inch:
22-24 horizontal, 29-32 vertical


zili sultan

Zili Sultan Rug Above:

Rug Rag Notes:

We were able to catch this rug at the Barbara Zidell Sedlin Auction before the March 3rd, 2009 hammer.  It was a very finely woven carpet in excellent condition.  Design somewhat more unusual than is seen in traditional Zili Sultan examples.  At the time, the auction estimate was 20,000 - 30,000.  The estimate has now been brought down to $10,000 - 15,000 which should help spur some bidder interested this time around.

Sotheby's Notes:

approximately 6ft. 5in. by 4ft. 1in. (1.96 by 1.24m.)
circa 1900
ESTIMATE 10,000 - 15,000 USD
Carpets, Wed, 16 Dec 09, 10:00 AM, Lot 66
Carpets from the Barbara Zidell Sedlin Family Collection, Sotheby's New York, 3 March 2009, lot
Sotheby's New York, April 30, 1983, lot 138


Photographs and notes below are dated from late February, 2009. The Barbara Zidell Auction (March 3rd):

Zili Sultan Rug

Notes from February 2009:

Lot 57: Zili Sultan Rug. 

Wow!  What an awesome, awesome example.  We've seen perhaps a dozen or so zuli sultan Rugs in person, this one was different than the others.  Two overlapping diamond 'medallions' outlined in black.  A truly excellent piece without the typical woes of dry wool and color run many of the rugs of this genre and age have sustained over the years. 

We're huge fans of the narrow border, and of course, the superb colors, design execution, and above all, condition.  A timeless piece with high desirability.  kpsi in the vicinity of 380.

Also See: Antique Zili Sultan

Auction Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000.  4'1" x 6'5"

 Zili Sultan Knot Density




Sotheby's Press Release for sale N08597:

"The December 16 Carpet sale consists of a wide variety of textiles dating from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century and offers a great selection of works that will appeal to rug enthusiasts, collectors and decorators. Every major weaving center will be well represented in the auction, which will include a medley of approximately 80 rugs woven by tribal, village and city weavers and around 140 room-size carpets originating from the Caucasus, Anatolia, Persia, Central Asia, India, China, and Europe. Highlights of the auction include a well-preserved Moghan Kazak rug with a brilliant color palette, a gracefully drawn Heriz silk prayer rug of highly unusual design, an exceptional early ‘Safavid-style’ Agra pictorial carpet, a tabriz carpet marvelously composed of soft hues and accentuated with cotton whites, and an Agra carpet of impressive dimensions from the Hillwood Museum and previously in the collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post." 

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