Large Medallion Suzani
Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bokhara
253 x 166 cm
Early 19th century
25,000.00 - 30,000.00 €
In his monograph on large-medallion suzanis, Franses states that the number of known examples at the time of publication was 54; further examples have come to light since then. Publication of his monograph eliminated the initial uncertainty regarding the provenance of LM suzanis. We now know that LM suzanis were made in Bokhara or its surroundings. Their expressive style, the intense brilliance of their colours and the monumental impact of their designs are remarkable features. However, there are significant differences in terms of composition, ornamentation, palette, dimensions and structure, leading Franses to classify them into different groups. This suzani in the Vok Collection belongs to "Design Group I". Comprising just two examples, the group lacks the eponymous large medallion; instead the field is covered by a wide-meshed diamond lattice enclosing circular blossoms, palmettes and fan-shaped blossoms. The two Group I examples are mellower in palette than most other LM suzanis, with a strong emphasis on shades of orange and gold. The vine design of the main border consists of long diagonal leaves reminiscent of zoomorphic figures. The Vok example has four birds and a horse incorporated into the design. The second piece in the design group was published by Franses. – Very good condition, mounted onto canvas.
FRANSES, MICHAEL, The Great Embroideries of Bukhara. London 2000, I 2, ills. pp. 86/87
VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani. A Textile Art from Central Asia. (Text by Jakob Taube) Munich 1994, no. 11 *** FRANSES, MICHAEL, The Great Embroideries of Bukhara. London 2000, I 1, ill. p. 87