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Hodgkin began collecting as a 14 year old boy, and his first love was Indian paintings, encompassing those from the 17th to 20th centuries. His passion for Islamic art is less widely known – single tiles from the 16th and 17th centuries were hung in arresting wall displays with their own floral patterns rendered abstract in their solitude or grouped together as a more expansive decorative scheme. Sculpture, tapestries, carpets, furniture and objects –‘costume jewellery for the home’– abounded. Recurring themes permeate the works of art Hodgkin chose to surround himself with, and provide fascinating connections to his work.
Christie’s, Sale 14218, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Carpets, 26 October 2017, London
Christie’s, Sale 14218, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Carpets, 26 October 2017, London Catalogue: http://www.christies.com/salelanding/index.aspx?lid=1&intsaleid=26809&saletitle=
Sotheby’s, Rugs and Carpets: Including Distinguished Collections 23 April 2018 | 2:30 p.m. BST | London
Sotheby’s London is delighted to announce its new Spring Rugs and Carpets sales to be held alongside London Islamic week. Our sale includes distinguished collections and offers a wide range of property drawn across Europe and the USA, with selected works representative of the international weaving centres of Persia, Caucasus, Anatolia, Central Asia, China, and Europe. We also include the second instalment of the prominent collection of Christopher Alexander; the first half formed the core of our NOVEMBER SALE last year. This second group being offered focuses almost exclusively on early and archaic Anatolian examples, with the exception of a beautiful vibrant green Khorossan fragment. Further highlights included are a large Karapinar rug fragment formerly in the Bernheimer and Wher Collections, a Kum Kapi silk ‘Emperor Carpet’ of extraordinary quality and remarkable size (approximately 630 by 314cm), an extremely fine Pashmina rug with design after a pair of Safavid compartment carpets, both from the early 20th century. A striking 17th or 18th century Caucasian rug with design harkening to the so called ‘Portuguese’ carpets of Khorossan and unusual Yomut main carpet. Striking 20th century weaves from Iran and a charming collection of works bought in the 1930s by Lt. Colonel D.R.Thomas, O.B.E., I.M.S., Chemical Examiner to Government, […]
Christie’s, Sale 15984, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, 26 April 2018, London
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ONLINE CATALOGUE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE E-CATALOGUE Lot 288: A long Khorassan “compartment and tree” carpet, North East Persia, 17th century, Estimate GBP 60,000 – GBP 80,000 A GROUP OF THREE ‘LOTTO’ RUGS, WEST ANATOLIA, LATE 16TH/17TH CENTURY The immediately recognisable red ground with an overall angular yellow lattice feld design of this highly collectible group of rugs, is named after the artist Lorenzo Lotto who painted two examples of the design in 1542 and 1547. It appears in many slightly diferent forms in Italian paintings from the 1520’s until the frst part of the eighteenth century (John Mills, “‘Lotto’ carpets in Western Paintings”, Hali, vol.3, no.4, 1981 pp.278-289). It similarly appears in Dutch paintings, the earliest appearance being in 1544, continuing through at least until the end of the seventeenth century (Onno Ydema, Carpets and their Datings in Netherlandish Paintings, 1540-1700, Zutphen, 1991, pp.239 and 131-143). The feld designs have been divided into three diferent subgroups by Charles Grant Ellis: ‘Anatolian’, ‘Kilim’ and ‘Ornamented’ (C. G. Ellis, The ‘Lotto’ Pattern as a Fashion in Carpets, Festschrift Peter Wilhelm Meister, 1975, pp.19-31), a division of styles […]
Christie’s, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 24 October 2019. Catalogue: https://www.christies.com/salelanding/index.aspx?lid=1&intsaleid=28077&dt=309201925246&sid=6993cc67-7156-45a2-a4cd-4c03d309fc18&sortby=lot&saletitle=&selectedids=20&action=sort#lot_6229862
Lauren Auctions , Roswell, GA, USA. Jan 4th 2020 …….QING BLUE DRAGON RED SILK RUG LOT 0330 Estimate $800 – $1,200 starting bid:$400 DESCRIPTION Finest, Chinese Qing Dynasty, blue dragon over red silk Rug. Chinese Embroidery Silk, Expertly weaved and finely decorated with metallic threads showing front facing imperial blue five-claws dragon, borne amidst fumes of a ruyi clouds and flames, to chase the flame pearls, over cresting wavy Li-Shui water. Ruyi a wish for success without any obstacles , according to wishes, signifies good wishes for future prosperity, It is often used as a decorative motif in embroidery and hardwood lattices good fortune It may have come from the Buddhist tradition and came to symbolize wealth and power. Dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, the Son of Heaven, eternity, Yang and Yin, male vigor and fecundity, the Li-Shui wave pattern which is known to be the abode of dragons. The dragon is also the most important of the four super natural creatures in Chinese mythology, ranked with the Phoenix, the Qilin, and the Tortoise. The dragon is also the symbol of the month March, of Spring and of rebirth and fertility for it brings the rain bearing clouds of […]